A Christmas Story
December is the best
month of the year at the Rainbow Bridge. For the dogs there is snow to romp in
and the angels always have time to toss snowballs for them to chase. The cats
enjoy patting at the snowflakes as they fall, and then curling up near the
fireplace for a nice winter's nap.
But it is the lights that make this time so special. Winter on the Earth,
their former home, is a time of lengthening darkness, and in December candles
glow all around the globe beginning with Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, and
continuing on right through the New Year's festivities. At the Bridge the glow
of these candles is reflected in all of the trees, and in the hearts of every
Bridgekid as they observe the month in their own special way; with memories of
the lives, and the loved ones they left behind.
For most it is a time of quiet joy, but each year there are always a few
who draw apart..
Near to midnight, "home time" on December 24 Charlie realized someone was
missing from the Hale gathering. "I'll be right back," he told his siblings. He
passed many similar groupings as he hurried down the well worn path, many
friends called out to him, but he only acknowledged the greetings with a wave and
continued on. The path ended at the Rainbow, and there he found a small group of
newcomers, each sitting quietly, alone. One of these, the missing Sandifur, was
crouched at the very edge, his stumpy tail twitching rapidly, as he stared at
the scene below.
"You are missing the party, little brother," Charlie said.
"I don't care," replied Sandifur, "I don't like Christmas anyway. "
Charlie only smiled. "I felt the same way my first year. Do you remember
your very first Christmas with Mom and Dad? Remember the new scratching tree
they gave us that year, and the catnip mice? And remember all the good things we
got to eat? That was a great time, wasn't it?" Sandifur nodded, still gazing
intently below. "I want to go back."
"I did too, " Charlie said, licking gently at his brother's ear. "But we can't,
baby brother. This is our place now." "But it's Christmas, and Mom and Dad miss
us so much. Look, mom is lighting a candle right now, just for us and she is
"Christmas Eve is her time to remember, little one, but tomorrow she will
pass out the presents to all of our brothers and sisters, and she will be happy
again. I want to show you something. Come with me."
Together the two kiddens climbed the arch of the Rainbow, and at the very
top Charlie stopped. "Do you see that big silver cloud over there? Watch
As Sandifur gazed the cloud began to swirl and gradually an image came into
view. The clearing where he had left his family, and a larger gathering around
the big, glowing pine tree. He could see the dogs, many more of them than when
he had left, playing fetch and tug of war, and the kiddens, so many kiddens,
sleeping in a heap, their soggy catnip mice forgotten in the grass.
Suddenly the kiddens all woke up, and the dogs ceased their play and
stared into the darkness beyond the clearing, tails wagging in greeting.
And then, much to Sandifur's amazement, two humans stepped into the light."
"Hurry, Charlie, we have to go back," he said. " Mom and Dad, they're here!"
"Not just yet, Sandy. That cloud is our Window into Tomorrow.
Come back with me now, and join the others. The reunion will come. We have been
Sandy reluctantly pulled his gaze away from the vision of the future, and
followed Charlie. They found the others waiting for them at the base of the
rainbow. "Is it time?" Charlie asked.
Terrie nodded, "They are waiting."
All of the Hale Bridgekids drew together, and looked over the edge, and along
the entire length of the rainbow similar groups were gathered, all looking down
at their former homes.
Suddenly the light of a million candles from the Earth met the glow from the
Rainbow Bridge. "Now," Charlie whispered.
In unison three words were repeated again and again, and as they were
spoken they merged with the bridge of light, flowing from the rainbow to the
earth, and back again in ever increasing brilliance, and the colors of the
rainbow merged with the light. "I love you," they all said, and the love entered
every heart of the pet parents on earth, and the hearts of those who gathered at
"Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad," Sandifur whispered again, watching the
lights slowly fade. "I love you. I will be waiting."
"I will look ahead for there is our tomorrow."
Visions of Carrots
- 'Twas the night before
Christmas and all thru the pen
- Not a creature was
stirring but a little bunny named Ben
Covered with hay the babies snuggled
in their hutch
Dancing thru their heads visions of carrots, parsley and such
- When up on the roof
there arose such a clatter
- Lil Ben volunteered to
see what was the matter
By his bright red suspenders Santa
hung from the roof
Took a wrong step and fell thru the snowy wire with a poof
- Santa smiled at Ben and
said, "Hi Little Bunny"
- "I'm in a bit of a bind
and yes, it is kind of funny"
At Santa's request Ben woke the
They yawned and they stretched and looked at him funny
With their heads cocked sideways,
they listened to Santa explain
He wanted to become some kind of airplane?
They formed a big circle around
where Santa hung
They counted to 3 and then they all sprung
They reached up and latched onto
Santa's red suit
Ben grabbed a hold of Santa's Big Black Boot
Just as they landed back down on the
They all let go, hoping for a big rebound
This sent Santa sailing thru the
hole in the roof
They didn't think it would work but here was the proof
They had stretched Santa's
suspenders by pulling on his suit
Sent him flying thru the air losing one boot
He landed in his sleigh, upright on
His boot landing beside him on the driver's seat
Thru the hole in the roof he thanked
all the bunnies
Then left loads of carrots and parsley to fill all their tummies
- Santa pulled on his boot
and straightened his hat
- It had stayed on his
head, can you imagine that?
- Then over the pen Santa
made one more flight
- Merry Christmas to all
and to all a Good Night!
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