Children are our future, bro, and sometimes this future seems more grim than others. With the aid of technology, kids are worse dicks to each other now than ever, and it’s a rare unicorn of an individual who makes it out of adolescence in 2013 unscathed. But even I, one of unshakable stone-cold heart and tremendously tight upper lip (neither of those things are true), am not immune to the warm, positive feelings imparted by this 8-year-old’s letter to Santa. Karen Suffern, a financially struggling single mother of twins, wanted to begin budgeting for the holidays, so she asked her son, Ryan, and his sister, Amber, to start their Christmas lists in advance.
This is no standard mercenary letter to Santa — no, not at all. Ryan began his letter to Santa as you do, telling old St. Nick that he wanted a remote control car and helicopter, but then things took a turn for the heartbreakingly earnest (and, as follows, unedited). “I don’t want that anymore,” he wrote. “Kid at school are still picking on Amber and its not fair. I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help.” Keep reading »