Attempts At Adulthood

A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter To Santa

Dear Santa,

 I am a ten-month-old baby and I write because my mother has been sending out my “Christmas List” to people, and her list does not in any way represent the things I really want.  I could give two s#*ts about receiving stacking cups.

And I know you’re ready to make the joke about ten month-old babies and how all we want is the wrapping paper and the boxes.  Touché, SantaTouché.   We do, of course, want those things.  But I have a number of additional things I want very badly.

My list is enclosed below.  Have a lovely holiday.

-Ten Month-Old Baby

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A Comprehensive List of The Things I Want For Christmas:

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Dearest Santa: For Christmas, I would like the following:

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1.) This Laptop Cord


I want this laptop cord more than I have ever wanted anything.   Please.  I also want the power strip with the orange on/off button and the white label on the other cord pictured (the one not connected to the laptop).  I would be ok with just a bunch of electrical cords in general, but I would really love these specific ones that are located behind my mother’s desk next to the air-conditioner (whose cord I also want).

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2.) This Wall Mount Entertainment Center


I have no idea why my mother does not want me to play with this thing, as it is obviously a child’s toy.  I would like one for my room.

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3.) House Keys


I would love a set of house keys.  To eat, obviously.  Only metal house keys will do.  Please do not buy me plastic ones.  I am not an idiot.  I know that plastic house keys are not real keys.

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4.) Everybody’s Eyeglasses


I pull these off the face of every person I meet, only to have them pried from my fingers and reclaimed by their original owners.   I would love a pair of my own.  Again, these are going to be for eating.

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5.) The Contents of This Thing


I would love for the contents of this thing to be emptied out onto the floor– particularly things like used, wet cotton balls and discarded pieces of floss.   If you would like to just take the contents of this bin and transfer it directly into my stocking, that would also be fine.

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6.) Handfuls of the Dog’s FurIMG_3127

This stuff is the best.  I keep trying to pull it off but she moves frequently, making collection difficult.  My favorite thing to do with it is put it in my mouth and then immediately realize that I didn’t want it in my mouth.

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7.) The Hole in the Hallway Floorboard


Such a strange existential dilemma.  I spend hours looking at this hole and poking at it with my fingers.  I know that I cannot “have” a hole, as a hole is not a thing that can be had.  A hole is an absence.  And yet this is supposed to be a list of the things I want, and I want this hole in the hardwood floor the way Gandhi wanted peace.  The way the dog wants to lick my face.  The way my mother wants me to stop pulling off her eyeglasses.

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8.) This Stuff, Which is All Over the Apartment


I have no idea what this stuff is.  All I know is that I want it in my hands and no sooner have I grasped its sweet, delicate softness than my mother comes running over yelling something like, “STOP TOUCHING THAT– HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO F*#%ING VACUUM THE G*#@&MN HALLWAY?”

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9.) The Dog’s Food


Every time I get close to this, someone pulls me away.  If they don’t want me to eat it, why is it on the floor?

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10.) One of These


No idea what these do, but it’s clearly a lot of fun, given that my mother never stops looking at it.

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11.) Bobby Pins


These are my favorite!  If I had a nickel for every bobby pin I found on the floor I’d have double the number of little metal things I could put in my mouth because, go figure, I also totally love nickels.

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877 Responses to “A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter To Santa”

  1. Rachel

    I’m sure someone has already mentioned this, but I would add the toilet bowl, seeing as my 13 month old just went splashing in it twice in the last week. The best part? His sisters hadn’t flushed…

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  3. Juliet

    Oh my god!!! You. Are. So. Amazingly. Funny. And spot on!! I’m a prior “jersey girl” having grown up in roseland with all my cousins in my dad’s side living in JC. Love your style and sense of humor–totally resonates! We have a nearly-6 year old and expecting #2 any day now–I just bookmarked your blog to keep me same in the upcoming months!!

  4. Lee

    The keys really rang a bell with me. I was in Sears, getting a dupe car key made, ca 38 years ago, and the key maker had a large jar of errant keys.

    Me: Boy, my daughter would love those. She lives for real keys.

    Key maker: How many would you like?

    Me: How much are they? (I’d already had the experience that the hardware stores would neither give nor sell me the errant ones, because they returned them to the manufacturer for credit.)

    Key Maker: Take as many as you want!

    I took about 40. My daughter was happy as an … as an … engineer-to-be.

    She now has a 10 year old of her own, and she’s an engineer.



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    […] I leave you with this until next week: A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter to Santa A friend of mine sent this to me.  My husband and I laughed so hard we were in tears when we started reading it.  Considering that my keys have been missing for a week now and that our toddler likes to take things out of our bags and put them in other peoples bags…anyone who passed me in a store aisle in the past week may have gone home with them!  This list is unfortunately and surprisingly accurate. Read: A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter to Santa  […]


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