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SD Wildfires: The Things I Carried...#TBT

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SD Wildfires: The Things I Carried...#TBT

Last week, there were nine different wildfires in San Diego. Two of the largest fires were just a few miles from our home. Ever the Girl Scout, I decided to gather important documents and papers in case we received evacuation orders. In addition to birth certificates, Social Security cards and copies of our insurance policy, I packed up my baby book, old family pictures, my children's artwork, and keepsakes from my childhood such as this gem, which was written when I was in first grade.

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I'm relieved to say that we did not have to evacuate. The firefighters did an amazing job of putting out the fires.

As we unpacked and reorganized, I was surprised by two things: how much stuff we have (yikes!) and the choices I made. When faced with the prospect of losing everything, I reached for sentimental things that can't be easily replaced - things that conjure up memories of family, friends, and days gone by. 

We were lucky.

Others in San Diego were not. 

If you'd like to help with the relief effort, The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are accepting donations. Make sure you indicate that you want your donation to be earmarked for San Diego County Fire Relief.

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The Last Flight of Christmas


The Last Flight of Christmas

Susanna Leonard Hill is sponsoring her third annual holiday writing contest. I had so much fun participating in the  Halloweensie contest that I thought I'd participate again.  Here is my entry.

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The Last Flight of Christmas

(295 words)

‘Twas the night before Christmas and Papa was late,

Snowed in at the airport, stuck at the gate.

“My plane has been grounded. I’m sorry, my dear.

It looks like I’m going to miss Christmas this year.”

“But Papa,” I cried, as Mama drew near,

“It won’t be the same if you are not here!”

“Don’t worry,” said Mama, squeezing me tight,

“Maybe Dad will be able to catch the next flight.”

I had put on my jammies and climbed into bed

When a terrible thought entered my head.

“If snow’s going to keep us from being together,

How will Santa arrive in such wintery weather?”

“Santa will make it even if the snow’s deep,

But he won’t come to visit unless you’re asleep!”

Mama gave me a kiss and turned off my light,

Then I tossed and I turned the rest of the night.

I had just drifted off and was dreaming of toys,

When I woke with a start after hearing a noise.

“Santa!” I whispered and jumped out of bed.

“He made it for Christmas just like Mama said!”

In my robe and my slippers, I ran down the stairs

And found Papa, not Santa, in one of our chairs.

“Papa!” I cried. “When did you make it home?

You said you were stuck when we talked on the phone!”

 “Surprise!” exclaimed Papa, “but I found my way

With a jolly red elf who was driving a sleigh!”

“You met Santa?” I asked, “He gave you a ride?”

“With some help from his reindeer,” Papa replied.

“Mama!  I shouted, “You won’t guess who’s here!

Papa! He’s made it for Christmas this year!”

“Santa also delivered a present or two.”

“But Papa,” I cried, “the best present is you!”

Looking for more wonderful holiday stories to get you into the spirit?  Check out the other entries on Susanna's blog.  And Merry Christmas!



Miss Sadie

I desperately needed a break from the revision of a story I've been working on so when I saw Susanna Leonard Hill's third annual Halloweensie writing contest invitation, I decided to throw my hat into the ring. The guidelines are simple:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words spookyblack cat, and cackle.   Here is my entry.

Miss Sadie

A bumbling witch named Miss Sadie

yearned to be wicked and mean.

When she tried to be spooky,

she came off quite kooky,

the clumsiest witch ever seen.

“Perhaps what I need to be scary

is something eerie and dark!”

So she found a black cat,

and a tall pointy hat,

and hid in a tree in the park.

“Trick or treaters, beware,” cackled Sadie,

“I’m here to give you a fright!”

Sadie laughed with such glee,

she fell out of the tree,

and “boo hoo-ed” on Halloween night.