My older daughter, Maddie, is 8. She is a great kid in most regards but has a habit of being a little selfish. Not brat selfish but selfish enough to concern us. She wrote two letters to Santa, further reinforcing our beliefs.
She eventually wrote a third to which she hoped for a response. She has been checking the mail daily for a response. Well, Santa finally got around to reading it today.
I know that I won't get all the presents I asked for. Mabey (sic) it will give you an idea for what to give girls that don't have toys. What I really want is the movie "The Sound of Music." The other toys I don't really care if I get them."
Turns out she has heard us when we talked to her about being selfish. Given the spirit of the season, this letter brought a tear to my eye.
I learned today that our kids do hear us. They do listen.