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Entry date: 5-4-2023 - Sure, I believe in Santa Claus - Letters to My Friends

Dear Friends,

We lie to children all the time.

We lie to protect them and manipulate them and protect them from perceived humiliation. We share stories that are blatantly not true to manifest some spark of hope or belief or to give us a moment of peace.

We prop them up for success with half truths and hopes. We pray to whatever higher power that they will be happy and healthy and successful. We build narratives around these goals we have for them and throw caution to the wind.

We do these things out of love and fear and self-preservation. Kids are amazing and they learn from all this posturing that we love them and want to protect them, true, but they also learn to seek their own truth if we are successful. Seeking truth is the key.

And a thick skin.

May the fourth be with you.

See you tomorrow.

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