Mousitree Christmas

Mousitree ChristmasThe Gonzalez’s little house was a little short of being demolished by the city because it was falling apart and did not meet city inspection codes. The poor father and mother had three lovely children, but were currently unemployed due to many layoffs during the countries recession. It was close to Christmas with only a week before the twenty fifth and there were no presents to be had. It would be the second year they would be without a Christmas tree and the money for food took all of the extra money needed to pay for the house bills. A red sign left on the door of the two room structure also had an eviction notice of the twenty sixth of December due to hazardous building violations with demotion due to begin the next day.Mario and Juanita knew of the problems, but Juanito six years old, Chuey five and Christina three, had no idea they would have to vacate the only place they knew as home. Chuey had been born with a bone disease and his older brother used an old baby stroller to help him about when they needed to go a long ways while the parents did their best to keep them as healthy as the little money from selling aluminum cans could get them. The snow would get in the house through some holes in the roof and Mario would often try to repair them using some of the aluminum cans that he could spare not selling. He would slice the cans open and stretched them out and attached some tacks to place them on the roof.One day while the father was away Chuey noticed a little mouse searching for food inside their home. It was so tiny and lost that it seemed like it had lost its mother and father. Chuey shared a little piece of cheese he was eating and it made the baby mouse feel welcomed. He stayed around for a while until the boy’s mother threw a shoe at the mouse to get rid of him. The creature ran away to hide and the boy was heart broken, but he said nothing.When the mouse showed up the following day Chuey was careful not to be seen close to him and again feed him some of his food. Form there on the mouse followed the boy around everywhere he went and it was getting impossible to shield him from his parents and brother and sister. That night he found an old empty box of the larger matches that was used to light a fire outside the home to provide some heat for them since there was no electricity. He ushered his little friend to get in the cozy cotton filled home he had made for him. The mouse trusted him so much that he quietly got in as Cheuy closed the lid by sliding it in a certain direction.In the morning he noticed that Paco, whom he had named, had somehow gotten out and was staring at him while sitting close by as though waiting for him to wake up. Once Chuey stood up Paco led him to the front door and slipped right udder. The boy opened the door and went after his secret pet and came crossed an old dumpster nearby. Inside the dumpster was an old Christmas tree still in good shape and Paco was standing at the tip of the top branch waving his tiny front feet for Chuey to reach down in there. The little mouse couldn’t speak but the boy knew his friend wanted him to take the tree out and take it home.With three days still left before Christmas Chuey was upset that he had no decorations to place on the hidden tree he had brought home. That evening when the boy went outside to warm himself up from the fire his little mouse was scratching the inside of the match box and it was loud enough for Chuey to hear. He took the box out from his torn jacket and opened the lid. Paco ran out and down his clothes until he stood on his hind legs and waved for his friend to follow him. He led them to a trash can where a box was sitting on the top of the other junk there. Again, Paco sat on the box and waved at Chuey to take it out and open it.Inside the box were old decorations that an old couple had thrown away and that had many sentimental feelings about their lives. They were up in age and only they knew the valve of them because they had raised their children and each decoration was worth so much in their hearts. However, the kids had grown up and moved away so far away that it was hard for them to visit anymore. The state of the economy was not easy for anybody and prices for airline tickets had sky rocketed so much, that people held on to whatever extra money that had for security reasons. So the proud grandparents had so alternative but to make room in their home. Over the years they had accumulated so many items with memories from all of them, but the older they became the bigger storage place was needed.That night Chuey told Juanito and Christina to help him decorate the Christmas tree with the decorations he had gathered. In the morning the parents were stunned when they woke up and saw what their children had done to bring the festive feeling of Christmas into their lives. The parents cried knowing that presents were not fore coming due to their financial situation, but the children assured them that it was not warranted because they knew how hard the times were. That night they all sat around the tree and with the aid of a few lit candles they sang Christmas songs into the midnight hour. The children prayed that night and finished off the wonderful feeling by asking Santa Claus to bring hope and jobs to their parents so that they would be happy. They did not wish for toys, only that the rest of the world would also be at peace.The next day was going to be Christmas Eve and in the morning when Chuey and his family were up there was concern in Chuey’s face. He spoke to the family and said," Last night I forgot to take Paco and the match box out of my pocket and this morning I found Paco missing and the box crushed. I think I hurt him if not kill him under my weight." He then confessed how he had found the tree and decorations and they helped him look for the mouse pet, but it was to no avail. That evening they did not want to celebrate as hard as the night before because Paco was no longer in the picture. They sat outside by the fire place as the children cried knowing how much Paco meant for Chuey.It was nearly Christmas with about fifteen minutes to go when all of a sudden all the lights came on in the Gonzalez’s house. Even the tree had a couple of string lights that had mysterious appeared and as they all were inside cheering their little miracle something else appeared. The front door was making a scratching noise that sounded like a mouse and Mario went to open the door. To the families surprised an old couple showed with presents, food and a landlord’s deed. Paco was standing on the old ladies shoulder clapping his front feet and as soon as they entered the house they all hugged each other and wished each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.Before the sweet couple left they told the family of five that they were leaving to live with their own grown children and their house had been transferred to them to live for the rest of their lives. Further more, they also had a little business that needed someone to run it since they would be gone. However; there was one condition and it was that they go live in that house immediately because their airplane flight would be leaving in a couple of hours. Also, that the fairly new van they own would also be theirs as soon as they took them to the airport. And so it was done, and the rest is history. If you want to know what happen to Paco, well, ask him, his standing on Chui’s shoulder just about now.

Copyright © Oscarelizondo Monday December 07, 2009 7:28 AM

Mousitree Christmas

oscarelizondo

Harlingen, United States

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A Christmas Story in today’s time for people of all ages, thank you.

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