Return to Space Yellow jacket

Chapter 61 Flying Christmas Star

Warm and comfortable stretching out slowing opening my eyes to the flicking of lights from the candles among the tree branches, smelling the fresh pine tree scents and wood burning from the fireplace. Under the tree everything the same as it was last night surprised they weren’t open already, Mike still asleep curled up under the blanket one arm dangling over the arm rest with his head resting on it, pulling the blanket aside stretching as I walk to the door looking down the hall way everyone sitting around the table; time to make a run before seeing them was first thing, checking outside the window snow piled up shoveled to one side seeing the path cleared, sliding into my sneakers rushing out feeling the cold should have grabbed a jacket, around the house right to the door with a quick knock before opening it stopping looking at Mat sitting holding sears catalog page crumbing it up rushing inside closing the door behind me sitting down next to him.

“Morning little cold out?”

“Cold and snow and no dam toilet paper”

“That’s what the book is for”

“You wiped your ass with this yet”

“Little stiff you got to work it”

“Yea well I like paper on a roll”

“Soon ok give me a sheet would you”

“Right that’s today”

“Yep’ as soon as were done with the breakfast will get going”

“What about the tree and presents”

“Well get to them too”

“Mike still upset from last night”

“No he’s ok now still sleeping”

“Good’ you better hurry up before you stuck on the wood”

Mat pulled his pant’s up turning placing the squire lid down holding his noise with two fingers “See you inside keep wading it now”


Heading back looking to the field seeing wagon tracks already towards the hay stack and back, as I walked checking the barn a few cows already out among the fields pawing at the snow moving in small groups together, hitting the snow piled next to the step not watching were I was going that was stupid of me filling my sneaker with cold snow, kicking them off inside checking the livingroom Mike still sleeping, Jeff coming right at me with a long noise bucket holding it with two hands “Open the door for me” struggled to carry it. His legs were wide apart the object dangling precariously between them as he huffed and puffed towards the porch.

Turning back opening the door watching him pour the bucket of ash on the steps rushing back inside “Had to do the steps Pa said” we both went to the kitchen aroma of food cooking and fresh eggs sizzling with bacon grease.

Pa sitting at the end near the door giving me a grin while I sat down, Lisa brought over coffee setting it down giving me a smile, wondering just what everyone was so smiling about even Faye and Sue were smiling.

“What’s going on everyone’s smiling this morning”

“It’s Christmas a time of Joy and Happiness”

“Yea Pa going to tell us about Christmas”

“Everyone’s up early how come”

“It’s almost eight”

“Still too early to get up”

“Eggs almost ready, you want two slabs this morning” Sue asking

Looking back at her holding only one plate: “What I’m the only one eating this morning” “We already had ours around six” Jeff said giving me a morning hug sitting down next to me, “Two’s good”

Sue slid the plate in front of me while I held my steaming coffee getting another quick sip again wishing I had an ice cube for it maybe I could get one of the boys to get me some snow to cool it down some, maybe not something was cooking in the stove meat of some sort.

“What’s cooking in the stove”

“Goose and we have fresh pies with apples and nuts”

“Goose for Christmas”

“I never had goose have you” Jeff asking

“No I never did”

“Pa said it was a bird for Christmas right Pa”

“That’s right it’s a treat only have it at Christmas time”

“Shawn you and the others never had goose before what did you have for Christmas dinner where you came from”

“Turkey or ham mostly” looking over Jeff glued watching me eat like he never seen anybody eat before, watching the fork cut the eggs sliding them on next to the slab, moving up and down with his head” You want some?”

“No just watching you” Jeff at back down off his knees dangling his legs back and forth, trying to look around at everyone else, Pa sat up tapping his cup sue rush over filling it.

“Ok ready for the Christmas story boys”

“Brian you still cold”

“No Pa just enjoying the morning”

“Ok boys drink your choc let and I’ll tell you about Christmas”

“It’s a story of Christmas and how it came” Jeff blurted out tapping me on the arm all excited waiting to hear about it, Sue sat down in her chair as we all looked over to Pa sitting back more holding his cup.

“Christmas started a long time ago that we honor Jesus of Nazareth for his birthday being he died for us” “Why did he die for us, he died on his birthday” Jeff asked, everyone just looked at him. “Jesus died on the cross for our sins Jeffery, when the Romans crucified him from a Dogwood tree at one time that grow straight and tall, the tree itself has never grown straight afterwards, many still say that the evergreen tree represents the wood that was made into a cross and used to crucify him, we don’t know for sure what tree it was but we honor pine trees as a more symbol of promise of life to come after long months of cold winter”

“Wow it doesn’t grow straight anymore did he make it stop”

“Jeffery the dogwood trees are short and grow outward”

“So the pine trees grow straight to the heaven’s then”

“That’s a good thought Jeffery I’ll keep that one”

“So why do we put the pop corn on it”

“Decorations our more a form of when it all started with the garden of eden having nuts and berries and apples when you could get them, mostly eaten by the children of the household”

“Apples and Nut’s how’d they get the nut’s on the branches?”

“string and wax from the candles to hold them”

“That’s why we have the candles and not light’s”

“Pa we have little bulb’s of light on strings” Brian said out giving Jeff a look to sit down and be quite, Jeff sat back checking his cup.

“Jeffery the candles are more like stars from heaven at night, giving the tree itself life seeing all its beauty glistering around us, your Pop corn will give to the Birds and Squirrels after the celebration is over so they can enjoy it with us, did you know the strips of paper you cut up were reminiscent of the hair of the angles that had been caught in its branches”

“Cool we made hair of the angles”

“Did you find the pickle?”

“What Pickle I don’t see one”

“On the tree is a glass pickle and the first one that find it gets an extra present from St. Nicholas, but when we go in together Mat, Jeffery”

Both made a sad look wanting to go find a glass pickle, I never heard of a glass pickle hidden in a tree at Christmas time nor did I know fruit cookies were made a first on both accounts Gingerbread, stars, bells and trees.

“Morning everyone see no one woke me”

“Good Morning breakfast eggs and slabs”

“That’s fine what are you talking about”

“Christmas and Pickles hidden in the tree”


“I’ll tell you later about it”

“Got everything ready for you Mike”


“Took some blankets and your clothes to the ship”

“All ready”

“Had to get it ready, less you changed your mind”

“No I haven’t” Mike looked around at everyone taking his coffee cup.

“Can we stay for Goose and pie?”

“Sure Turkey and Pie”

“No it’s a Goose not a turkey”

“Those black and white birds”

“Yep Goose, taste like turkey don’t worry”

We all sat talking about the Christmas ornaments of other types Jeff sat back taking it all in waiting for Mike to hurry eating so he could find that pickle first before Mat found it, Pa sat back lighting his pipe talking, Brian added a few more logs to the stove, opening the lid on top smelling the bird more, my mouth was already watering wanting to try it, just as the fork hit the plate, Faye took it away setting it in the sink, Pa got up both Mat and Jeff rush to the livingroom, we all followed behind sitting down watching them looking around the boxes and among the tree staying clear of the candle flames not getting burnt, Mat found it holding it showing everyone, Jeff was happy he found it first, Mat stood holding it they walk over handing it to Pa.

“Here you should get the extra gift”

“You found it Mat it’s yours”

“I want you to have it for all you done for us”

Pa took the pickle sitting back after giving him a hug, Mat and Jeff sat down in front of the tree with all three girls, Sue told them to hand out the boxes each of us had a box, one present each seemed strange only one but we really didn’t need them, holding my little box watching the girls all open theirs getting neck warmers, sue made wrapping them around showing them off, Brian open his along with Pa watching them seeing they got the same, Mike open his and found cookies, as I open mine finding Tree cookies also. Everyone look over Sue sat holding a box Pa brought from town, we all watch her open it teary eyes looking at us holding up a rounded heart with children playing in a circle it saying read God bless our home with children.

We all sat for awhile before heading to the kitchen, the Girls set the dining room table with all sorts of stuff Pa pulled out for the holiday meal, Brian took the boys washing them before sitting down at the table, the Goose was a large one bigger than any Turkey we ever had on the table, apples cooked on the side of it, fresh hot potatoes and more green beans, fresh bread set at both ends of the table, books on three seats was a little puzzling till they came in sitting down being the same height as all of us now, Pa said his grace and started carving the Goose holding up the fresh cut slice waiting for a plate, Mike quickly worked the plates passing them down.

It was a nice early dinner or lunch even the girls had plenty to eat sitting back enjoying everything, small talk about what to expect with school here, Brian would take them in the wagon so they could learn the Tree R’s, having to spell them out to Jeff, Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic almost getting into another argument over the three R’s not making any scents not starting with R, glade that was over fast, the dishes were cleared away everyone helping everyone keeping quite knowing what was ahead, Mike gathered up his last thinks setting them in the buckboard, we all stood on the porch, Sue and the Girls didn’t want to come down so we said thank you and wish them well, it was a hard thing to do but we had to do it, the Boys dangled legs over the back as we headed for the hay stack, Pa slowed the wagon holding the horse still with Brian helping the boys up after say goodbye to Pa and Brian Mike shook pa’s hand as I did turning to Brian Mike gave him a hug telling him he was sorry and hope everything worked out for him.

The wagon pulled away slowly both looking back Brian waving heading towards the house seeing them standing waving also we both jumped in waving bye Faye took Brian’s seat with both boys holding the back of ours, with the lights flashing on the door closed our window screen cleared with a rumble from the bottom pushing the snow and hay as the ship moved away from the stack we hovered next to it looking to the house, the boys both waving at them” Ok lets head home” Mike said turning the ship around pushing the peddle feeling the ship rising towards the sky just as Pa said the flying Christmas star heading back to the heavens, clearing the clouds into the blue sky above everything was just the beginning to our journey home.


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One Response to “Return to Space Yellow jacket”

  1. ellamedler Says:

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