December

Christmas String

One Christmas Eve, when all the presents had been wrapped, there were just three pieces of string left.

'You know, we'll probably just be thrown on the fire,' String No. 1 said.

'Or in the bin!' String No. 2 moaned.

'We can't have that!' String No. 3 cried.

'So what can we do?' the other two pieces asked.

'Let's go out for a meal!' String No. 3 suggested.

And off they went down to the 'Greasy Penguin Cafe. It was packed with Christmas revellers. String No. 1 said, 'Right, lads, what'll we eat?'

'I'd like some tomato soup,' said String No. 2.

'And how about stuffed turkey to follow... and we could have Christmas pudding for afters,' said String No. 3.

String No. 1 went to the counter and said, 'Three tomato soups, three stuffed turkeys and three Christmas puddings, my good man!'

The waiter took one look at him and said, 'push off, shorty. I don't serve pieces of string... and you're just a piece of string!'

String No. 1 went back to the others. 'He refused to serve me!'

String No. 2 asked, 'Did you say 'please'?'

'No' admitted String No. 1.

'Then let me try!'

String No. 2 went to the bar and said, 'Three tomato soups, three stuffed turkeys and three Christmas puddings, please.'

But the waiter replied, 'push off, shorty. I don't serve pieces of string... and you're just a piece of string!'

String No. 2 went back to the others to report his failure. 'Here, lads, let me try,' String No. 3 offered. But, before he went to the bar he tied a knot in the top of his head and fluffed the end out till he looked like a piece of punk string.

He went up to the bar. 'Three tomato soups, three stuffed turkeys and three Christmas puddings, please!'

The waiter looked at him and sighed. 'Push offl shorty. I don't serve pieces of string... and you're just a piece of string!'

And string No. 3 replied 'No. I'm a frayed knot!'

(ha ha, gotcha :-)

• Hope everyone is having some fun this time of year! I find the game link in our Familyroom can be a bit frustrating (click on sleigh)... trying to get those toys down the chimneys... egads. At least you can restart instantly. On my laptop, I keep my cursor parked over the start button, leave it there while I use the space bar both to toss the toys out of Santa's sleigh and to restart. It goes much faster that way.

• 2006 EFFECTION

I love you, love life, love the sun, love the night...
Love Garth, love our two black cats...
Love family, love friends - love the homeless, the widowed and orphans...
Love the Lord, love the Earth, flora and fauna...
I love mystery - love clearity - future legacies and ancestry...
I love to come, love to go...
Love the new year, the hope and snow!

(I'd better kiss-up to the new year, it starts tomorrow!)

Warmest Regards and Best Wishes for the New Year!

Maud Marie Hudson
December 31, 2005

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