Dear Jack: Cutting Open a Shark on Christmas Morning

10 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

What to get a 10 year-old boy for Christmas in 2020?

It definitely was a Fortnite-themed season for you, as you now have 10 of the action figures; as well as a tower for them to climb and a remote controlled golf cart for them to ride on.

This is all despite you never actually playing the video game that the Fortnite characters are based on.

But you were also very excited about the Treasure X Sunken Gold Shark.

You discretely pulled out the plastic red knife included with the toy, then proceeded to cut open the shark’s stomach.

Mission accomplished:

You successfully pulled out a handful of orange slime in order to rescue to the alien inside!

Sounds about right for a 10 year-old boy on Christmas morning 2020.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Taking Driving Lessons For Your New Surfer Girl Pink Jeep

4 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

You’ve been asking for a pink Jeep for a while now. Well, this year when it was being decided what you would get for Christmas, Mommy told me, “Like Daddy, like daughter.”

That means that your “main” Christmas gift this year was a pink, electric riding Jeep, which is now parked next to my black Jeep in our garage.

With this only being your first week into owning your Jeep, you’re still taking it a bit slow; as your brother is eager to give you daily driving lessons, until you are confident enough to drive your pink Jeep on your own.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Putting Papa in Jail

4 years, 7 months.

Dear Holly,

You and your cousin Darla have this tradition of “putting Papa in jail” every time the two of you get together.

My understanding of it is that you “arrest” him by taking him to a closet, where he has to wait until the two of you hide, then he has to come find you.

Afterwards, it typically ends with him reading you a book; or a similar activity while you sit in his lap.

Especially now during Christmas break, I am hearing daily, “Papa, you have to go to jail!”

He has quite the criminal record by now.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: The Indoor Play Center at Your Cousins’ House

10 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

You and your sister are truly making the most of spending Christmas week with your cousins of the same age.

It is impossible to be bored or needy at their house; which contains an epic play room, equipped with plenty of dolls for the young girls; and two live baby kittens for you and your older cousin.

This picture summarizes it all.

No need for adult intervention. The four of you easily take care of yourselves in an environment like this.

All day long.

And to think, you all still haven’t even received your Christmas gifts yet!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Teaching You to Beat Me at Monopoly

10 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

This holiday season, I have officially introduced you to the classic board game of Monopoly. Sure, we’ve always owned a set at our house, but it’s simply served as an easy way for you and your sister to keep each other entertained when Mommy and I need to get work done.

Prime example: When the Covid shutdown happened earlier this year.

But I decided to spend some of my own money on a nice Monopoly set for us to actually play together, by the rules.

It is no surprise to me that I’ve only beat you at Monopoly once so far.

Love,

Daddy