Hello! To celebrate the Christmas season – and more specifically its food and the imaginary worlds of children – we have penned some little tales, which we hope you’ll enjoy! Please let us know if you do!
Ron’s story: “Early One Morning…”
“Hey you with the red outfit, get yer mitts off my chimney. The kids’ll be down soon and we do not want it spoiled.”
Eyes flicker under the white eyebrows. “Sorry mate, I did not realise it was for them. They usually leave out something for me but I cannot see much else around.”
“Tough times here. They have already eaten all my mates! Heard one say ‘save the rest for later’ – that’s later, NOT Santa!”
Part eaten choc-nut is returned to the stack and beard twitches. Is that a smile? “You mean these miserables didn’t leave anything? Yet I suppose they still expect me to perform – even without a fuel top-up.”
“Looking at you I am not sure you need one. Anyway you must get a winter fuel allowance, which is more than anyone here does.”
“Ho, ho bleedin’ ho! I suppose you think you’re funny. Though you do not look to be smiling much!”
“Would you smile if you were the last one – and stuck in this stupid hat. Oh, sorry you have one of them yourself!”
A white-gloved hand reaches out towards the gingerbread man. “Careful Ginge! Dessicated you might be, but the family have left out the port to wash you down with!”
“Um, err, well perhaps a few of the marshmallow snowballs would not be missed. Just a few, mind. Will they go with a slug of port?”
“Ho ho ho, at this time of night anything goes with port!”
“Get on with it then, man…. I can hear laughing upstairs and you have got to clear up the soot yet.”
A herd of wildebeest is heard on the stairs, the door opens, and screams of joy escape from young faces.
“He did come, see! And left the gingerbread man!”
Joanna’s tale: “Cake Heaven”
“I’m tired of the walls smelling of gingerbread,” Bobble whined. “I want a change.”
“How can it change, you muppet?” Hazel answered. “It is what it is. No point resisting it.”
“Well I want it to be different!”
“We’re made of cake, Bobble. We don’t have instant manifestation powers, you know.”
“Why not? Why can’t we make a different outcome because we wish it?” he replied. “If Life is about experience and choices, then why can’t I have icing sugar walls, instead?”
Hazel tutted. “Because.”
“That’s no answer! Come on, why?”
Hazel pondered. “Maybe …. we could ask the Creator-in-the-Apron for icing sugar walls? See what happens?”
Bobble bounced up and down. “YAY!” Suddenly the light in his eyes dimmed. “I don’t know how to do that!”
“Oh. Um, perhaps we just make the intention, then have faith that it’ll happen, if and when the timing’s perfect for it?” Hazel wasn’t quite sure where that thought had come from, but it felt right when she said it.
Bobble’s expression told her he wasn’t convinced. “But I want it now! Why do we have to wait?”
Hazel stepped forward and gave him a hug. “We may have to be patient. These things can take time. And we have to remember that it may not happen at all. Wouldn’t it be easier if we chose to be okay about the walls, whether they change or not?” She held her breath. Sometimes Bobble became really frustrated when things didn’t go how he expected.
Bobble sighed. “Yeah, I guess. Icing would be nice, but if we have to keep the gingerbread, I guess that’s okay too.”
…………. The next day ……………
“Oooh, wake up, Hazel! The walls are white, not brown! Much as I like gingerbread, I love that we have icing! I was getting really bored with the decor – and the taste!”
“The Creator must’ve somehow got the message,” Hazel grinned. “They rebuilt the house while we were sleeping! Totally cool!”
“So now we know,” Bobble beamed. “Wishes can come true if they’re made in the right way … and if we don’t worry too much about them coming true.”
“Exactly. It’s like magic, isn’t it? Happy Christmas, Bobble. Shall we try some of the icing?”
“Mmm, break off a bit for me, please. What shall we wish for next?”
That’s all from us this year! We’ll be back in the New Year with more stories, poems, Recommended Reads, and Cordello Quest A-Z. We hope you’ll come along for the ride!
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Wishing you ALL a wonderful festive season and a very happy, healthy, and harmonious New Year.
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