Friday, November 03, 2006

Dear Invisible Friends,
I wrote this when I was in college for a project, and I actually sent it off to a magazine to see if it would be published. I haven't heard back, but with the cool wind and the fall days, it put me in the Thanksgiving mood. I hope you enjoy it!
Sincerely,
The Yellow Duck
“The Day after Thanksgiving”




It was the day after Thanksgiving, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. My father was sitting in his big leather chair, hoping that my mother would let him stay there. All the turkey had been eaten, all the relatives had gone, and now it seemed like no one could smile, just groan. I was six years old with nothing to do, with no cousins to entertain me, not even a friend or two. I walked up to my Dad who was glued to a football game, and asked him, "Daddy, what can I do today that's not lame?" My dad said, "Go play outside," without ever taking his eyes off the TV. "I'm much too busy watching football, as you can plainly see."

So I bundled up and put my dog on a leash, and Princess and I set off down the street. We passed a few houses and I was happy to see, old Mr. Ritter was sitting on his porch as his son hauled in a Christmas tree. I scurried up the sidewalk with Princess by my side, and said "Hey Mr. Ritter whatcha doing? Isn't it kinda cold outside?" Mr. Ritter just smiled and said to me, "I'm happy watching my son and grandkids buy and decorate a Christmas tree. I'm grateful for my family and that I get to spend one more Christmas with them, before I head up to heaven." "Are all people grateful on Thanksgiving?" I asked curiously, and old Mr. Ritter said, "Well if they aren't they should be!"

So I waved good bye to old Mr. Ritter and skipped down the sidewalk to visit my old babysitter. "Hey Leah," I said to her when she opened the door. "What is it that you’re grateful for?" Leah looked shocked at my question and said to me, "I'm grateful for my friends and my boyfriend Ben. He cheered me up when I was blue, and my friends are coming to get me to go to the zoo. Love and friendship are very important to me, and I'm grateful I have both in my life, don’t you see." Just then a car filled with teenagers pulled up to the curb, and the blaring music had the neighbors looking disturbed. Before old Mr. Wayne could yell "Turn that down ruffians!"; I waved and skipped down the street as the old man started fussin'.

A few houses down and what to my curious eyes should appear? The Smiths loading up a moving van, and not even shedding a tear! "Mr. Smith," I asked him curiously, "What are you grateful for? And why are you moving? Is it because of me?" Mr. Smith smiled and shook his head, "Child, it's nothing you've done or said. We were evicted from our house, so we must find somewhere else to live instead. I'm grateful we have some money, and plenty to eat, but I will miss living on this street. I'm grateful I have my wonderful wife, so I know we'll be ok in life." "You can live in my tree house," I offered. "There’s lots of room when you live high in the trees..." Mr. Smith laughed and said, "I don't know if I'd quite fit. But it's quite a nice offer, and I'll think about it." I said, "I understand, and I'll miss you as well. I hope you find a home that's for sale."

I waved goodbye and skipped down the block until I ran into my dad, who didn't look happy but rather looked mad. I skipped right up to his glaring eyes, and when I said, " Dad, what are you grateful for?" I really took him by surprise! He said, "I'm grateful for you and your mother, and for my parents and brother. I'm grateful I have a job and a home, and I'm grateful I'm not alone. I'm grateful for my friends and I'm grateful for my wife. If you break it down, I've got a great life. And you're the best part of all!" he said as he swung me over his head. "No one else could have had such a great kid!" "So you're not mad I went on a walk?" I asked when he put me down. My dad just laughed and said, "I was mad but I guess you turned me around."

Be grateful for the things you have and cherish it- if you don't it will surely perish. Be appreciative for your family and your friends!

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