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Yes, Santa Claus, there is a Virginia!

Date published: 12/22/2013

Yes, Santa Claus, there is a Virginia!

Dear Editor: Some of my little elfish friends say there is no Virginia. My dad, Father Christmas, says that if I see it in The Free Lance-Star, it's so. Please tell me the truth: Is there a Virginia?

Santa Claus

P.O. Box 1, North Pole

ANSWER: Santa, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Santa, whether they be men's or children's, are little.

In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect--an ant--in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping truth and knowledge.

Yes, Santa, there is a Virginia! She exists as surely as love and generosity and devotion exist. Not believe in Virginia? You might as well ignore the magnificence of the mighty Shenandoah River, or dismiss the beauty of Skyline Drive in the fall. Or not appreciate her natural wonders, such as the Natural Bridge. Or make light of Mount Vernon and Monticello, or not appreciate her solemn battlefields that pay homage to her fallen sons.

Yes, Santa, Virginia does have her problems. We have people we call "politicians," and these days certain of them appear to have fallen down a rabbit hole, and--like modern-day Mad Hatters--are hosting too many tea parties. But Virginians know that in the end, sanity will prevail. It always has before.

No Virginia! Thank God she lives, and she lives forever. A thousand years from now, Santa, nay, 10 times 10,000 years from now, she will continue to make glad the hearts of men, women and children.

Will Ross