As faithful Roses in the Rubble readers know, your humble blogger is Virginia. And, yes, she is from (& currently resides) in the State of Virginia. And, guess what? My mother’s name is also Virginia (altho most folks call her ‘Ginny’) & my Papa’s mother was also Virginia (“Virginia Claire’)… and my maternal great-aunt, also Virginia. (that explains why there’s two Virginias in our immediate family – i’m named after my Mama & Grandmama & Great Aunt : )
So, last weekend while suffering from a bout of sniffles & sore throat (gifted from brother dearest who had a bad infection for 3 weeks) i searched for a Christmas-ish read, like Baen’s Cosmic Christmas 2 You (check out this previous blog post!) and downloaded science fiction author John C. Wright’s “Book of Feasts and Seasons.”
I have not read any of John C. Wright’s books (yet) but found his story, “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus” to be quite moving. And, guess what, he posted a gift copy of this story for all to read on his (seemingly very cool) blog.
…Maybe science fiction/fantasy is not your thing, but you should give it a read. His two main characters are Virginia (a little girl) and her mother, Virginia. Methinks you might need a kleenex or two by the end (& not just for a runny nose!)
So, if you ask this Virginia, is there a Santa Claus?
hmmmn, well, maybe… like, possibly…
Virginia : )
p.s. picture of St. Nicholas & the 3 boys by Italian artist, Gentile da Fabriano (c. 1370 – 1427) (in public domain)