From Mike McCurry’s “Talk of the Town” column in The Clarendon Courier, December 7, 2017
Dear Elf on the Shelf,
It’s been almost two years since I wrote my first letter to you.
I love to exchange our little notes back and forth during Christmastime, but I wanted to write you a longer letter to make sure you know what to tell Santa from me, and what has been going on around my town lately.
I’ve gotten a little taller and a little wiser; and I’m beginning to understand more about the holidays, and how they work around my house. And as I get older, I’ve been thinking about some of the holiday characters. Some of them are nice, because they help mom and dad make it fun for us kids; but some of them are just plain weird.
First of all, I just want to make sure that you know you’re my favorite helper of all, because you are always so nice to me. You sit on the shelf all day figuring out what I want for Christmas, just so that you can let Santa know. But mostly I like you, because you never tell him when I’m not so good. But like I said two years ago, I would be extremely grateful if you would tell Santa that my brother has not been so nice.
Just for the record, my least favorite character is the leprechaun. It seems strange that on St Patrick’s Day, he goes around town trashing people’s houses.I think the short, little green guy is scary, and my mom doesn’t like him either, so we make sure the doors are locked tight so he won’t get in. So far, we have stayed safe, but many of my friends have not.
I’m also wondering if you happen to know the other green guy—you know, the Grinch—who gets caught sliding down chimneys to steal little kids’ toys? I don’t think he’s actually a real character, but most likely he’s just a little lonely. I heard that he is going to be at Chuck’s cafe in Darien
for a few days up until Dec. 23. I was thinking that maybe you could talk to him and see if you can cheer him up?
Did you hear that Miss Kelly (our superintendent of recreation at the Clarendon Hills Park District
, Kelly Smith) has a new staff member named Dodge? He is just like you, but instead he is an elf for our entire town. He has already been busy visiting with the children at the Active Learners Preschool
, and has been seen hanging around the registration desk at the community center, and on the park district’s Christmas tree.
Like you, every night, he seems to travel to a new location. I hope the kids know that his magical power goes away if they touch him. It would be fun if you and I go to visit him while he is around town.
I heard that he has a packed schedule these next few weeks, making appearances at the gingerbread house decorating party, and hanging out at the lunch with Santa on Sunday. He really is a great helper to Miss Kelly.
Thanks, Elf on the Shelf for watching over us, and please tell Santa that I want a hoverboard and an Echo Dot for Christmas!
Mike is a Clarendon Hills
resident; husband; Indian Princess; Indian Guide Dad; a Coach; an “old” football player and a real estate broker. Mike’s columns are usually crafted about the buzz in and around the area. It sometimes has a spin on real estate or cultural information, highlight a new business or announce school happenings. He might include a “get-to-know” about some of our interesting residents and even a little about history
. Whatever it is, it is sure to be about the “Talk of the Town”.