I am back in Toronto again.
It is cold and snowy; much more so than Windsor.
Another week with the new team interviewing sales staff about their roles, gathering requirements, and sleeping in the local hotel.
I will admit it is enjoyable. The people are great. The food is great.
But it is not home.
At home, the Christmas trees are up, one upstairs, and one down by the fireplace and pool table. Outside the lights are up and twinkle through the windows at night.
And at home, it is snowy. But not like here. It may have already melted. I may still need to put those golf clubs back in my car.
At home my daughters are bickering – about who gets how many Hershey’s kisses from the little Christmas house. It is a small house with 31 doors – one for each day of December. My mum sent it up for the girls last year, and we thought it would be a great annual tradition. Until the first time the girls beg to open the doors, and bicker over who gets the red ones. Then we remembered why we questioned this tradition last year.
Last night I called home. Ashley, her mum and grandma went to an event called “Breakfast with Santa”. Ashley answered the phone.
“Hewo?” said Ashley-Rae, my five year old who can’t say “R”s or “L”s.
“Hi Ashley, it’s me” I said. She squealed and told everyone I was calling.
“I sat on Santa’s knee, Daddy” she said quite proudly.
I remembered the event was that day. “Oh, yeah, what did you ask Santa for?” I asked.
“nuh-in, I told him a joke.” She replied.
“You did, what joke did you tell him?” I replied – stunned at the twist.
“Why is Rudolph’s nose so red” Ashley asked.
“Because it’s cowd” she answered, and laughed so hard I had to laugh to.
I spent the night in my room, a very nice room, looking out the window at all the lights of the houses below, the cold winds blowing and the few houses with fireplaces puffing smoke out the chimneys.
And I thought of Ashley’s joke. And I laughed again.
I bet you Santa laughed. I bet he went home that night and told his wife about the little five year old girl who didn’t ask for something, but instead told him a joke. I bet there was more than a "Ho Ho Ho"
I can’t wait to call home tonight.