a reply to: zosimov
Santa Claus showed up early that year. The children noticed, pointing him out to their parents. Only a very few were allowed to approach him. Fewer
still were allowed to take his hand and place it to their foreheads for the traditional exchange of respect and blessing.
One night he was in an amusement park watching a man ring the bell at the high striker test of strength. He was using the two handed over head
technique common to railroad track layers.
Santa studied the layout of the high striker's lever with the dampener spring, noting also the light weight of the rubber headed mallet. He concluded
that the two handed overhead stance would be the only likely stance that would ring the bell.
No sooner than having decided that he would not care to try, a bystander said, "Go on, do it."
This caught the attention of many other people, children and adult. A ring of spectators was soon chanting "Do it. Do it." Cameras were raised, calls
were made for others to come see. The crowd grew larger.
Santa stepped forward and took the mallet. He approached the high striker, tried out a two handed over the head stance, thinking "I've never used this
stance before, no muscle memory, don't even know the proper aim, could miss completely."
The crowd grew hushed as he raised the mallet again. His weak hand took firm grip on the bottom of the handle as his dominant hand slid higher toward
the head. Over his dominant shoulder went the mallet, then down onto the lever.
The weight went up the pole, almost, but not quite to the bell. An audible groan rose from the crowd as, cameras lowered, they turned away.
All those long years in the frozen North, chopping fire wood in just that way, of course that was as he expected it to turn out. Sorry to disappoint
but Santa's magic isn't for show after all.
edit on 29-8-2020 by pthena because: (no reason given)