A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. --Bob Dylan
I'm sort of in the process of just working on what is speaking to me at a particular moment. That's very common for me right now.--Bruce Springsteen, January 9th, 2014
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A Christmas Story
Blogging Friends.... I wrote this
Christmas-themed story years ago. It was inspired by our cat. This is a true
story. Well, sort of!! My creative Brain Juices and I fictionalized this
story!! Then, sometime during a minor mood swing in early November, I strangely
needed to fight hard for my love of writing. So it was rewritten!! And boy, did
I made several changes!! Heads up. This is my longest children's story yet!! So far!!
"Creating beautiful mosaic artwork" with the broken,
shattered pieces of my dream to be a published author....
For my dear Blogging Friends who have children. You may print this
story off and read it to them!! I am alright with that!! Enjoy!!
"A Very Important Journey"
It was Christmastime. Festive holiday songs were being played on the
radio. Sweet-smelling cookies and candy had just been made. Seasonal
decorations were displayed all over the house. And in one bedroom, there was a
cute tiny Nativity Scene set up on Ramona's dresser. Mary wore her red dress.
The loyal grey donkey which safely carried Mary to Bethlehem lie down, resting.
Joseph wore yellow. Baby Jesus slept cross-legged in his manger. A brown cow
lie on the ground. An angel wore her blue dress. A shepherd carried this little
grey lamb over his shoulders. He wore ragged clothes. One little grey lamb lie
on the ground. Three Wise Men held their gold, frankincense and myrrh. One day,
Ramona's curious long-haired, yellow-eyed, grey kitten, named Noel, jumped up
onto her bedroom dresser.
"Oh!!" Noel excitedly said, "Something new to play
with!! All for me!!"
She then bit into a tiny Wise Man. Noel's sharp teeth touched him.
She was playfully batting the Wise Man around with two paws, throwing her new
toy across Ramona's bedroom. Oh, what fun!!
Noel thought. She had been running after the Wise Man, when, to her
surprise, it suddenly came alive and talked!!
"What are you doing? What
are you doing?" the Wise Man asked in a deep voice, "Leave me
Noel jumped back in surprise. She stopped playing. The Wise Man cannot talk!! Noel
thought, It is a piece of decoration!! Now
Noel was scared, her yellow kitten eyes open wide. She just sat in a corner of
Ramona's bedroom, still and quiet.
"What were you doing?" the Wise Man asked again, "I
am on a very important journey!! Well, I was. Until you stopped me!!"
Still scared, Noel slowly walked toward the Wise Man. An important journey? she wondered, You are a Christmas decoration!! What
"important journey"? Understandably, Noel did not believe
anything that this Wise Man was telling her. The decoration talked? And it was on an "important journey"?
she thought. Everything felt like some wonderful mystery to be solved. And, as
a curious kitten, Noel loved this!! She slowly stepped closer to her mystery
Wise Man. Closer and closer and closer. She
kept her distance, reached out a long front paw, then batted at the Wise Man
three or four times.
"Ouch!! Ouch!! Ouch!!" the Wise Man cried, "Wait just
a minute!! Now what are you doing?"
"I am playing!!" said Noel happily.
Wait, Noel thought, Did I just talk to a Christmas decoration?!
I must be going crazy!!
The Wise Man kept talking. "Let me go!! I must leave!! I have
somewhere to go!!"
Finally, Noel answered the Wise Man. "W-w-what very important
journey? Where are you going to?"
Suddenly, Noel was not scared anymore. Noel felt more curious than
she had ever been in her entire life!!
The Wise Man then raised his deep voice, as though he was proudly
shouting an announcement, loud and clear.
"I am going to Bethlehem," the Wise Man answered,
"There I will meet a Baby. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords.
This Baby is our Savior. He will save a world of lost and hurting people."
"Wait. What?!" interrupted Noel, "A baby is King? You
are kidding me!! A baby? A baby will save
a world of lost and hurting people? How so?"
Now, the Wise Man had captured Noel's undivided attention. She was
"His name is Jesus," the Wise Man continued, "See,
God sent Him, a human Child, and placed this Baby inside the tummy of Mary. It
was an incredible miracle!! And all a part of God's wonderful Plan."
The Wise Man had been slow and patient with explaining everything to
Noel. At first. But suddenly, this Christmas decoration was in a hurry.
"I must go!!" the Wise Man said, "I need to find the
other two kings!! I must go!! Together, we were walking many, many, many miles
while following a very bright light in the skies called Yonder Star!! And you
carried me away from them!!"
The Wise Man looked up. Both he and Noel were standing on grey
carpet. To the Wise Man, Ramona's dresser looked like a high, tall, scary
"They are up there, somewhere!!" the Wise Man said, "They are up there!! Trying to find
the Prince of Peace without me!! And, where am I? Where am I? Down here on the floor!! How am I supposed to get back
up to that dresser? Jump?"
Noel looked at the Christmas decoration. He was small, helpless, and
seemed very, very worried.
"I will help you!!" Noel said, "After all. I was the
one who got you into this problem. It is my fault. I can carry you back up to
the other kings!! It is no problem!!"
"Oh, thank-you!!" the Wise Man said, "Thank-you!!
Noel paused for one second.
"But," Noel said, "You have to let me come with you
on this important journey!!"
The Wise Man smiled. Noel, with a childlike heart, wanted to meet
Baby Jesus, as well!!
"I'd love for you to come along!!" the Wise Man said, "I
truly would!! Just help me back up to the top of that dresser. We shall then
follow Yonder Star!! This will lead us to Baby Jesus!!"
Noel opened her mouth, and the Wise Man walked inside. He was safe.
It felt wet inside Noel's mouth, and everything smelled like fish. But the Wise
Man was well on his way to meeting Baby Jesus. Once Noel reached Ramona's
dresser, she saw them. The other two
kings!! They were slowly walking, their tiny eyes staring up at Yonder
Star. And what a sight!! Yonder Star was so very bright, it looked as though
angels were pointing some flashlight from dark, dark skies!!
Noel bent down, opened her mouth, and gently set the Wise Man free.
"Yes," he said, "Yonder Star is unlike anything that
we have ever seen in these nighttime skies!! Unlike anything. This is how we know that a Savior has been born!!
See. Yonder Star was placed in these skies by God, as a sign from Him, so that
we will know where to find Baby Jesus!!"
Now the three Wise Men, their camel, and Noel walked. They walked. And walked. And walked. For many, many, many miles. They were on their way to
meeting Baby Jesus!! The journey was long and hard. Dry sand seemingly covered
everything, like one big beach without water. Many times Noel felt thirsty. And
hungry. Sand crawled into her little paws. Every part of Noel's body hurt. Sand
blew into her pointy ears and yellow eyes. She could hardly see anything,
except for Yonder Star. But the kitten did not complain. She could not complain. Noel kept walking. Her yellow eyes
continued to stare up at Yonder Star. For Noel knew that she was on the
adventure of a lifetime!! And after about two or three years of walking, they
entered Bethlehem, this small town.
"Interesting," the Wise Man said, his deep voice confused,
yet still full of faith, "I do not understand. Where is He? Where the King of kings, Lord of
"Now, wait just one minute," Noel said, "You mean to
tell me that we have walked all this way. I've left the comfort of my own warm
home. And you do not even know where Baby Jesus is?!"
Noel was very upset. But the Wise Man just smiled. He was calm. They
looked around town. But Jesus was nowhere to be found. Nowhere. See, Joseph and Mary had to take an important journey much
like theirs, with many, many, many
miles and dangers. Because there was a very, very, very bad man, named King Harod, who wanted Baby Jesus dead. They
walked sandy grounds while Jesus was growing inside Mary's tummy, then some
more after His Birth. Which explains why the Wise Men and Noel could not find
their Savior. Then.... They saw them!! Joseph, a carpenter, was carving
something out of wood. Mary protectively watched Jesus closely. And Jesus was
not a little Baby anymore!! No. Jesus was a Toddler!!
Upon seeing Noel, Jesus' little Hands gently touched her soft, long,
grey fur. She purred loudly and proudly.
"What comfort of my warm home?" Noel whispered, "I
have made it!! I've met my Savior!! Nothing else matters."