"I think he is" Emma says excitedly. I try to look through the sea of people, but all I can catch is a small glimpse of red.
"I don't know hon. I can't see him".
"It is him!" Shannon squeals, "You can just tell! It's not one of his helpers."
Finally we get to the front of the line and I can see him. The Man in the Red Suit. And wow, he does look like the real thing. The girls run over with their lists, both so nervous they can barely contain themselves. He takes a look at Emma's letter in which she explained to him that she has had a hard time behaving because she misses her cat too much, and he says, "I remember your cat. He was a really great cat. Of course you miss him." And then he talks to them for a few minutes, gives Emma a hug and they get their picture taken.
"It is, Mom! That is the real Santa!" Shannon exclaimed, running over.
"You know, I think you might be right."