First, the briefest back-story possible....
When I was little, my parents took my brother and I on a trip to The North Pole. My Uncle John, Aunt Robin, and my cousins went as well. When we went to visit Santa he was on a break, and we got to see Mrs. Claus.
Apparently my dear brother was not going to tolerate that. Later on in the day, he decided to go back and see Santa by himself, without telling anyone. Not good when you are just a little guy. We found him, eventually, hanging out with Santa, but not before my Aunt had started checking all of the ponds and water features, sure that he had fallen into one of them and drowned.
The point of this awesome story -- there is an amusement park in New York state for kids that is called The North Pole. I even included the link above for your enjoyment.
Got it? Good. Keep that in mind as you read on.
My niece and nephew are here staying for a few weeks. Here is a guide to the people involved in tonight's conversation:
L: My niece. She is 10.
A: My nephew. He is 5.
Mom: My mother. She would kill me if I listed her age.
Me: That would be me. And old enough.
This is the conversation that took place in the car earlier this evening.
A: I've never seen snow.
L: I have!
Mom: We know.
Me: Austin that's why you should tell your Daddy that you want to come visit in the winter!
L: For my birthday!!!!!
Me: I tried mailing you a can of snow for Christmas. Did it work?
L: Sort of, but it didn't really feel like snow.
Kids are chatting in the back of the car...
Me: Maybe we should take him to The North Pole. They had that cool ice pole thing that was there all year round!
Mom: Did they have snow? I don't remember.
Me: I remember Aunt Robin thought Brian had drowned somewhere.
A: I've been to the North Pole!
L: No you haven't!
A: Uh-huh! I was there, and I saw Santa, and I was throwing snowballs at him and his midget clowns and...
Me: Wait wait wait...what? His midget clowns?!
A: Yeah. His midget clowns.
Me: You mean his elves?
A: Yeah -- his midget clowns. The guys in the funny suits. They hate children.
At this point I kind of checked out on the conversation. I was laughing so hard about the "midget clowns" instead of elves that I never did hear why he thought that they hated children.