“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet,” I said. “There’s misinformation out there.” I typed Loch Ness Monster into her iPad search bar and flaunted the results. “See? Supporting evidence about Nessie’s existence either way.”
She wiped her tears. “Is Santa real?”
“Do you believe he’s real?” I asked.
“Then Santa is real. He lives in your heart.”
She looked confused, but thankfully the answer was enough — for this year at least. I felt guilty that I wasn’t more straightforward with my youngest child, but I couldn’t imagine telling her the truth and ending her magic, our magic.