Fourth-grade Bobby stared hard at the question on the board.

“Do you still believe in Santa Claus?” The question went along with a story in the class reading book. His group hadn’t been in the teacher’s circle yet.

What does that mean, Bobby wondered. Aren’t I supposed to still believe? I’m supposed to be stopping? Why would I? Do I not know something everybody else does?

Bobby tapped Kim on the shoulder. He pointed to the question, smiled, and said, “Yes!” Kim didn’t smile back. She just turned away.

“Group 4,” teacher called.

Bobby sighed. Time to face the truth.

 

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