Talmage for some reason calls the Savior "Jesus Christ." I know that is his name, but most kids see his picture and say "Jesus!" Not Talmage. He has to give the entire name. It strikes a funny chord in me every time he does it. I kind of cringe because it seems a little irreverent. But then I realize that he is 2 and just excited about seeing His picture.
Now for the embarrassing part. A couple of weeks ago Kendall took Talmage to the hardware store for some "male bonding" time. On their way into the store he saw a man with a long white beard who was smoking a cigarette. He looked up at Kendall and said "Daddy, Santa is smoking!" The guy heard him and immediately threw the cigarette down. Kendall later thanked him in the store and told him that he hoped he wasn't offended. The guy was really nice about it. He said that he was trying to quit because it really bothers him when kids see him smoking and think he is Santa. (I guess this wasn't the first time!)
Then on Monday we went to the library for FHE and we were sitting at a table looking at some books. A nice man who works there at the library with long-ish brown hair and a full beard started walking our way. Talmage got SO EXCITED, and jumping up and down yelled repeatedly "Jesus Christ" as he pointed at this man. He couldn't have picked a quieter place where more people would notice. So I had to sit him down and explain to him that not everyone with a white beard is Santa and not everyone with a brown beard is Jesus.
6 months ago