Right after Thanksgiving, we welcomed a new little Elf into our house. Charlie christened him "John Charlie," after his favorite school friend, John, and, of course, you-know-who. He has been fascinated with him during the holiday season, and responds remarkably well to reminders that "John Charlie is watching!" He races around looking for him each morning and usually finds him almost immediately. That boy has a knack for noticing the slightest change in a room, and it has led to quick discoveries of JC's hiding place. Charlie's only issue with John Charlie is the fact that he doesn't blink his eyes. He has remarked on this a few times, and then I noticed him standing under him, looking up, and blinking his eyes in a very exaggerated manner. I asked him what he was doing and he responded, "I'm trying to teach John Charlie to blink his eyes, but it's not working!"
Here are a few of John Charlie's favorite hiding spots this year:
We arrived in Seguin this weekend and were surprised to find that he flew down here as well, landing on a deer's antlers. Charlie was so glad he came, but has had to remind Papa several times "You can't touch John Charlie or he will lose his magic!" I am not sure how I will inspire such good behavior after John Charlie's disappearance. We will miss him!