Nobody Believed I Was Santa
I was a beanpole, skinny as a chair leg. Fresh out of school, my first job was selling ads for the Rolla Daily News. The boss told me to find a Santa Claus for Hillcrest Shopping Center. Nobody wanted to do it. So I put on the Santa suit myself. Day after day, all day long, small children would look at me with their first dose of disgust and say, “You’re not Santa.” Second most humiliating time of my life.
…and to all a good night.