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January 1, 2007, Herald Journal

Naughty or nice, a child’s wish list

By JEN BAKKEN

I hope you and all of your “tigers” had happy holidays. As a gift to me, my children helped to write yet another Tiny Tale.

During the day on Christmas Eve, they were discussing Santa’s upcoming arrival, and all the gifts they were expecting. Being nine and six years old, they had quite the list this year.

I was trying to explain that Santa can’t possibly give them everything on their list.

My son seemed shocked that I would suggest such a thing. He thought that if he asked for Play Station, Nintendo, and X-Box game systems, he would get . . . all of them.

I told him that not all children get everything they want and he said, in all seriousness, “Well, Mom, that’s because those kids were some naughty and not all nice.”

Imagine the explaining I had to do when Santa made his appearance and he didn’t bring every video game system on the market!

Just before winter break began, Jeanne Berglund, the Delano Elementary School nurse, called the Delano Herald Journal office. Jeanne said, “Jen, I’dm not calling about your kids, I’m calling with a Tiny Tale for you.”

I was relieved one of my children wasn’t ill in the nurse’s office at school and I was excited because she had a Tiny Tale to tell!

One morning, a young boy came into Nurse Jeanne’s office and told her, “My mom is picking me up right after lunch today.”

Jeanne asked him if this was for something special and he replied, “No, I’m having trouble focusing, so my mom is taking me to the focus doctor.”

I’m pretty sure I know a few people I could refer to this . . . focus doctor!

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher, or anyone with a child in you life . . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done; any of those endearing moments you’d love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano, we are proud of our community, our schools, and our children . . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can e-mail your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com or mail them to Tiny Tales, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328, or just stop by our office next to New Attitudes Salon, Hwy 12 East.