|Bobby and Christmas (standard:other, 825 words)|
|Author: timster||Added: Dec 16 2006||Views/Reads: 1818/1139||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A young boy wonders what Christmas is all about...|
Bobby and Christmas Bobby asked the same question every year, “If God and Santa love us so much, why don't I get the present I ask for every year?” His mom never really knew how to answer the question, though it came every Christmastime. One year her answer was, “Those who sacrifice will find their way to heaven”. She knew that would not satisfy him, but it was the best she could do. This year she did not know what her answer would be when the annual question came up. Bobby's mom, Angela, had lived alone with Bobby for several years. Her husband left when Bobby was still in the womb. ‘Maybe if I'd been more caring during my pregnancy he wouldn't have left'. Angela also thought her thinking that way was quite the nonsense, yet deep within her mind, she blamed herself. Angela worked as a janitor at the Arco Tower in Los Angeles. She made $6.25 an hour. Welfare families had much better Christmases than she did. She often wondered if it was the right thing for Bobby not to take welfare. They survived in a small studio apartment with a small kitchen. More that half of her paycheck went to rent. Her dreams of a house, car, and a turkey dinner for the holidays had all but dissipated. This Christmas meal would be a small chicken and potatoes, as the ones before it had been. Bobby was in the first grade now, going to school everyday in rag tag clothes. The school provided lunch because of his mom's income was so low. School was his escape, a place where things weren't as dreary. He had warm meals, and was able to play with the school's equipment. There were crafts, books and many things to keep his mind occupied. When the final bell sounded, it became another day of going home to the emptiness. When Christmas vacation came he felt a vacuum. There was little hope around him. Other kids had thoughts of the grand day coming before them. He had none. Christmas was just another void in his life. There were no Christmas decorations in his house, not even a tree like the other kids had. They talked of cookies and fudge that would be in great supply around their houses. His had none. At work, Angela was busier than usual, cleaning up after the office parties. What she could do with a small portion of what was wasted by them boggled her mind. ‘A few slices of ham, yams and a slice of pumpkin pie would certainly make a feast for Christmas,' she thought. ‘That tree in the corner, slowly turning brown, would be a nice addition to our apartment.' Because of the rules of her job, she was not allowed to remove anything from the premises or she'd be instantly terminated. She wasn't going to jeopardize her job. Christmas Eve, after everyone left the building except for security and the cleaning crew, she was busy cleaning the office of the CEO of Arco. Gift-wrap filled trashcans. There were leftover platters of food. It broke her heart to have to throw away the food, but she had no choice. She dreamed of the feast it would make for her and Bobby for Christmas Dinner. Just as a small tear came to her eye, the CEO walked in. She was startled because all the years before, he never came in while she was cleaning. “I forgot something,” he said, looking her square in the eyes. The man went to his desk, pulled an envelope out of the drawer, walked up to Angela and handed it to her. “Merry Christmas, Angela.” He turned and left the office. She stared at the envelope. In all the years she'd worked there, he had never so much as acknowledged her existence. She slowly opened the envelope. Inside was a bright card with a picture of a Christmas tree. When she opened the card she found ten one-hundred dollar bills. She fell to her knees, tears in her eyes. When she was able to clear her eyes, she read the note inside. Click here to read the rest of this story (25 more lines)
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