"'Good choice!' I told him, and then I started waving my hands around and doing the whole hocus-pocus bit, which was Kristin's cue to crouch down right behind the blanket. I finally stopped and got quiet for a few seconds, then I told Nic to yank down the blanket. When he did, Kristin popped up. Nic's eyes went wide and his arms started trembling, then his whole body started shaking.
"It took a while before he calmed down enough to be able to speak, but when he could, he turned to me and asked, 'Do you have enough magic left to get Grandma here, too?'"
Even after becoming older and wiser and understanding what the magic actually was, some children still hold on to their belief that their parents are capable of just about anything. Ric says his son, now a freshman at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, often still looks at him with that same blind faith he had as a child - like his dad has the power to make anything happen.
I've noticed my daughter does that with me, too. It's a responsibility I never thought about before becoming a mom - the duty parents have to know a little about everything, to be able to fix anything, to generally achieve the impossible on a regular basis. It's something I took for granted about my own parents, who really do know a little about everything, are capable of fixing just about anything, and really can achieve the impossible. I don't know how they do it, they just do.
They set the bar high. They're a tough act to follow.
But I hope someday it's going to be just as tough for Celeste.