I enjoyed spinning this story along for a while. December is always a difficult month when it comes to money- and the temptation to take things to give as gifts to others is very strong. I hoped that by showing how hard it was for Michael to live with his conscience I might deter another young person from doing some “Christmas shoplifting”. This story was based on a true incident. Aaron had taken a toy from the Hudson’s Bay store and confessed when I asked him where the money had come from to buy it.