08 December 2008
Paulie Outs Santa at First Christmas Party of the Season
Paulie was psyched but suspicious from the get go when he heard Santa was going to stop by Jess's holiday party. In a full-on pre-Santa lather, the kids peeked outside looking for reindeer, their ears pressed against the windows listening for jingle bells of Santa's sleigh. But then there was Paulie, the four-year-old skeptic. Well, not so much a skeptic as an intense observer who can uncannily identify the slightest features of the most random places and things. And in doing so, calls the situation as he sees it. For instance, he can predict who will be at the park because he recognizes the cars of each one of his friends' parents. He can pick out someone in a mad crowd at Hannaford just by their sneakers. He constantly brags to other people that he and his friend Bags have the same Spiderman underwear. Earlier in party, Paulie had chatted with Jess's dad, (who is also named Paul) in the kitchen. He loves Jess's dad and said he couldn't wait to show "his friend Paul" the "Asking Santa" app on the iPhone. Therefore, it only made sense that Paul would become the focus of Paulie's intense observation throughout the course of the evening. So, when Santa arrived, all the kids lost their minds over the possibility of presents. But Paulie peppered him with questions instead: "Where are your reindeer?" "How did you get here?" "Are you Santa's brother?" But then Paulie looked down at Santa's shoes and -- like Shaggy unmasking the improbable villian on Scooby Doo -- pointed and shouted. "That's not Santa! That's my friend Paul! Those are his shoes!" We tried to prevent him from further foiling the situation, but as long as the kids got presents, none seemed to care if they came from Santa or Paulie's friend Paul.