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Christmas With Family

Sometimes miracles happen when you're least expecting them. 
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It was the week before Christmas; it was a cold, bright snowy day
Told the kids we'll go sledging; unaware a blizzard was on the way
They all got into my jeep, and on the roof I fastened the kid's sled
Then in the large trunk I secured, our Bernese mountain dog, Jed.

I drove carefully for about five miles to where there were steep hills
We were well wrapped up from head to toe, against the winter chills
The kids and even my wife took it in turns going downhill on the sled
Then with bone chilling winds the blizzard hit; it filled me with dread.

I thought we have to go home now or we might struggle to get back
Others had the same idea and were already driving down the track
The family got in the jeep, but I noticed there was no panting sound
Nobody had noticed Jed was missing and he was nowhere around.

I told my wife to drive the kids home and I'd go and search for Jed
I waved them off, but I had some foreboding thoughts in my head
The images in my mind as they drove off were of all the kids crying
And what if Jed had met with an accident and he was slowly dying.

I searched through the dense forest, but he was nowhere to be found
The light faded and was getting dark; fresh snow covered the ground
I'd resume the search first light tomorrow, after a good night's sleep
But I was concerned it would be quite risky if the snow was too deep.

I didn't sleep very much, and thankfully it had now stopped snowing
Then climbed out of my warm bed and told my wife where I was going
For nigh on five hours I looked everywhere, but finding Jed wasn't to be
I drove home feeling very depressed, wondering what I'd tell the family.

On Christmas Eve we walked to our local church for a carol service
The kids were sad and they weren't singing; I couldn't help but notice
About nine o'clock we headed off home, it was a clear but cold night
Everyone was real silent and I didn't know, how I could put things right
We walked up the long snow-covered pathway, to our house in the dark
Then out of nowhere our Jed bounded toward us and gave a loud bark.

Copyright © Tom Cunningham | Year Posted 2023


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Date: 12/5/2023 4:26:00 AM

Another terrific story Tom, I am grateful for the happy ending as I could not bear the thought otherwise! You are a master at what you do!! Happy Tuesday!!
Date: 12/5/2023 4:03:00 AM

Tom Tom Tom. You know how to stir emotions with your readers. This is beautiful meaningful and emotional. You are amazing. You restore faith and belief. With your ending all is right within the world and for Christmas. Just beautiful Tom. Have a wonderful morning and day. Peace and Blessings always. (smile)
Date: 12/4/2023 9:09:00 PM

Great storytelling, Tom, and a happy ending for the Christmas season. Great entry for the contest, my friend. Good luck! Bill
Date: 12/4/2023 8:03:00 PM

Timing is everything, they say ... another 'Poem of the Day?!' -- Ole!
Date: 12/4/2023 7:12:00 PM

Your imagination has created another engrossing tale. Well done, Tom. I love the happy ending. I was thinking he might have found him curled up in front of the fire having bailed the day before and no noticed Lol. Happy Holidays, SuZ
Date: 12/4/2023 7:05:00 PM

A wonderful story Tom. Jed is a lucky dog to have made it through the blizzard and found his way home. Merry Christmas to you my friend.
Date: 12/4/2023 3:43:00 PM

applause...a Christmas miracle. Such a captivating story, Tom. You have great storytelling skills and also the ability to rhyme so beautifully within your narrative. I'm impressed and touched by your story. Hope you're feeling better. Sending you healing wishes. Have a splendid evening, Sara
Date: 12/4/2023 2:29:00 PM

Don’t know if this is true or not, Tom, but you had me totally captivated throughout and, of course, who doesn’t love a happy ending? Beautifully told…
Date: 12/4/2023 1:28:00 PM

What a happy ending to a memorable winter outing, Tom! Enjoyed every word. Merry Olde Christmas to you and your family - Bob H
Date: 12/4/2023 11:32:00 AM

We all worried of the dog’s plight! Glad he made it home! Would they carry their happiness into the morrow?
Date: 12/4/2023 10:08:00 AM

- Dogs are wise animals ... - Luckily he found his way home ... and the joy was great - It was a wonderful Christmas - A lovely story, Tom :) - hugs
Date: 12/4/2023 9:29:00 AM

Well I can't put doggone it, as the mut got home Maybe he focused on a juicy bone.? Enjoyed anyway the write you did, this sort sppeal to Adults and kids, hope the Christmas season Through, all is well for yours and you'
Date: 12/4/2023 8:51:00 AM

Love this poem Tom. Well done and so glad the ending was a happy one :-)
Date: 12/4/2023 7:58:00 AM

Oh Tom... I don't know if this is a true story or not, but it doesn't matter. In your masterful skill of storytelling, a few tears were rolling.
Date: 12/4/2023 7:52:00 AM

Awww such an awesome Christmas Tale Tom….just lovely my friend! Debx
Date: 12/4/2023 7:50:00 AM

Awesome story, Tom. It was the miracle of the festive season. A beautiful poem in spirit of Christmas with a happy ending.