Hearing from People
Setting Goals, Making Plans 2004

The Blood, Sweat, and Tears of being Santa

I had a wonderful visit with my great friend Terry Rogers yestersday. I met Terry through the Rotary Club of Kamloops, of which we are both members. And he married Marsha and I last summer. Among the many worthwhile thing Terry does, he has been Santa at Aberdeen Mall for the past six years. I had no idea how much actually is involved in being a good Santa. And Terry is an exceedingly good Santa.

Little children, their parents, the young at heart - Terry never know what is going to happen when someone comes to see him as Santa. Some tell heart wrenching stories, some have very unique and interesting requests, and a few are somewhat troublesome. Terry's philosophy is that Santa must welcome everyone equally, and work with whatever happens. He tries to respond the most difficult wishes with the greatest care, acting sometime as diplomat, sometimes as listener, sometimes a combination. He is strict about not espousing any doctrine or philosophy.

Most often, people are great when they come to Santa. But, Terry also engender's happiness in people. Its not just Terry's natural full white beard, its also his love for people and his skill in managing situations.

Terry, thanks for what you do. In one short month. over 4000 people benefited from you and, in over six years, I know the figure must be into the tens of thousands.

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