The Easter Bunny.
The Tooth Fairy.
I totally bought into the whole "share the mythology and fun with your kid" thing. We had a lot of fun with it. But now she's seven, and the kids on the bus today told her none of these beautiful icons existed. Made her cry. She's mad at them for taking away her gentle heroes and she's mad at me for introducing them to begin with.
I tried the "Santa and the Easter Bunny don't exist for Hannah Larsen because she doesn't believe in them" tack. Nothing doin'. I tried the "Santa and the Easter Bunny are the spirits of all that is good and beautiful about these holidays and they are the spirit of love".
She looked me straight in the eye and said "When I got presents from Santa, did they really come from you?" I answered, "What do you think?"
"I think you're dodging".
Maybe I was wrong to take my double Virgo, rules maven Aspy kid and perpetrate a beautiful lie on her...
Well, I guess we'll get to have that talk about how much we love our imaginary friends, even when inside, we know they're imaginary. I was just hoping for another year of magic.