But, I think Santa is like the American justice system, and everybody is getting away with murder. They have been at least since the year of O. J.'s bronco ride, and Loraina Bobbit's car ride with the window rolled down. Remember her husband John Wayne Bobbit? Personally, I can't remember the last time I got a lump of coal in MY stocking... how about you? No, both the naughty and the nice, all will be having a great time this Christmas. Even my nephews Thomas, Timothy, Donta, Cole, and Christopher will all get gifts from Santa, even though they are delightfully rotten enough that kittens fear them.
Some things just gather momentum with time, though Newton would swear otherwise. Remember Newton? He said objects in motion tend to remain in motion and objects at rest tend to remain at rest. That was his take on the first law of motion. And, it often held true, like when I did a tablecloth demo in 5th Grade every year, where I pulled a tablecloth out from under a set of dishes. But, you learn quickly as a teacher, and as a parent of small children that not everything works out like Newton suggested. Apparantly he never worked with small children.
The term "perpetual motion" is best used to describe elementary school children. I taught third grade briefly and remember resorting to a game of "Hide-and-Go-Read" right before Christmas holidays for emergencies. In this made up game, they had 60 seconds on the timer to find a place in the room to read where I could not (supposedly :) see their wiggling, squirming bodies. This wonderful game will last indefinitely, for interminable minutes of silence and unlimited body space for the teacher. While I sat at my desk amazed at the way the room "felt" as if there were only me and the hamster and the fish present, and I sat gulping deep breaths of sanity, their 4-foot bodies lay motionless under and behind every piece of furniture in the room, reading books clutched tightly for fear of being discovered.
They didn't even seem to realize that I always won that game, and that i enjoyed it as much as they did. But, what can you expect? They still believe in Santa at that age. And, the first graders all dress up like reindeer. Wow! It's hard to imagine what people do for a living if they don't teach elementary school! Imagine, life without Santa, Rudolph, and bouncing children, and there I am for the first time in my life. Kind of makes you think of that old song, Thank God for Kids," by the Oak Ridge Boys. As far back as I can remember, I went to school in August. What else is there?