I Know A Guy…

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that were a lit­tle bet­ter known than the oth­ers be­cause they were the Mall San­tas. In our neck of the woods, we had four or five of them, three of which were in line for a hair­cut. There were a few free­lancers “who know a guy” and they are the Christ­mas party San­tas, like the “guy I know,” and most of them will turn their per­for­mance hon­o­rar­i­ums over to char­i­ties.

The “guy I know” sup­ports his two fa­vorite char­i­ties, the SPCA and his lo­cal food­bank, and he gets a tremen­dous amount of joy by do­ing that for over 30 years. In to­tal, there were six of us who “know a guy,” and we couldn’t have been a jol­lier bunch. The one guy in line for a hair­cut that seemed out of place was a clean-cut, beard­less mil­len­nial and the other guys who “know a guy” all agreed that he should move to front of the line to al­low for the se­cret hand­shakes to take place and the sto­ries to be told. He ac­cepted the hon­our, and I am sure he never re­al­ized the com­mon thread among those who let him go ahead… other than we were all old. As soon as he left the small bar­ber­shop with a fresh hair­cut we al­lowed the old­est guy “who knows a guy” to lead our lit­tle hair­cut­ting pa­rade and then we all be­gan to brag about our var­i­ous non-mone­tary re­wards for help­ing out the Jolly Old Elf. One guy who knows a guy men­tioned that he may have had the youngest vis­i­tor of his ca­reer at the ripe old age of two days old, which of course led to a dis­cus­sion about the old­est per­son to sit on Santa’s lap this sea­son. That hon­our went to a free­lancer who vis­its se­niors’ homes and his old­est lap-sit­ter was 103 years young (who ap­par­ently chal­lenged Santa to prove he is 400 years old). One of the mall guys who knows a guy told the story of an eight-year-old son of a friend who claimed that his dad said he wasn’t the real Santa. Santa, know­ing the dad really well, told the son, “That’s okay, he’s not your real dad,” and our jolly old bel­lies shook with laugh­ter.

The cool thing is that ev­ery-one of us guys who know a guy had a beau­ti­ful story from this sea­son or from the past and we all agreed that, yes, some­times it is nice to get an hon­o­rar­ium, but our re­wards are the smiles and joy that a cer­tain jolly old elf can pro­duce. Only 50 weeks ‘til Christ­mas.

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