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To make up for yesterday's vitriol.. over the weekend I had to go to the Cambridgeport Mall, which is a large, upscale mall right on the border between Cambridge and Boston proper.

I had various errands (apple store, shoe store, etc) and while I was running them, I happened upon a truly gorgeous Santa. His beard was full and real, his clothing expensive and tailored, belt and boots were, if not real leather, good enough fakes to look it.

As I approached, he was speaking to a mall employee, then stopped, looking behind him. A wide smile spread across his face and he crossed my path, his attention focused behind a pillar. When I got there, I saw a child. A girl no more than 5 or 6, who was... enraptured at meeting Santa. He knelt beside her and spoke to her a few moments, and I was immensely touched at the joy of a child. I wiped tears from my cheeks as I continued on my business, and several days later, am still musing on the nature of happiness, and wondering when we lose that... overflowing-cup-of-joy from childhood.

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paka
Dec. 7th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Respectfully disagree here. See, Santa up in a chair at the head of a long crowd is very impersonal, but Santa actually stopping to talk to you, just somewhere in the mall behind a support pillar, that's special. I think an adult would be as overjoyed by the equivalent.
enveri
Dec. 7th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Good point!

Either way, she's still making me smile several days later. (and get a little sniffly, because it WAS a beautiful moment)
arphalia
Dec. 8th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Aw what an awesome mall Santa! I got a little misty just reading your post!
enveri
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
He was just... perfect. In appearance and attitude. I sniffled alot.
beerhorse
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Is that mall also known as the Cambridge Side Galleria? :) I used to live like 4 blocks from it and spent ALOT of time there in my early 20's. (Can't believe that was over 10 years ago OMG!) I miss that place! I used to cut through by the canal on my way to and from the Science Museum when I worked there.
enveri
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
That's the one! I was meeting Will and others for a stroll through the Science Museum afterwards, so I just parked at the mall so I could do a few errands there then amble over. :)

We ended up walking down by the Garden to scowl at the crowds of people thronging the sidewalks for the Bruins game, then retreated back to Somerville for dinner. :)
beerhorse
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Awe man! That brings back so many old memories! I remember when they were the only place in the north east with a Cheesecake Factory! I used to sit on the benches at the canal and feed the sparrows. :) Now I want to go there on my visit home for Christmas!
enveri
Dec. 8th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
It's disturbingly close to my office (I work in the old Schrafft complex in Charlestown), and is the most convenient pet store for us now. :)
beerhorse
Dec. 9th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
Nice! It's so crazy to think of you guys there, and I'm in Georgia of all places! 10 years is a long time. :)
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