When I read Jill’s post, https://jilldennison.com/2020/03/19/a-rare-g-rated-post/ I found out that it was ‘National Let’s Laugh Day”. Well I surely couldn’t let that day past without honoring it! I thought we could take another visit to our North Pole Friends. Enjoy!
They were all gathered in Santa’s house. Candy Cane had told Jinx, Jangle, Snowball and Alabaster that Santa had a special favor to ask of them.
“So now that I have explained it some, what do you all think?” asked Santa.
“Sounds like a fun adventure to me!” said Jinx, and the others all gave their voice of approval as well.
“Great!” Santa’s face beamed and he clapped his hands together. “It will be fun! I promise. Thank you all very much and now I guess you should all go and pack up, since you will be leaving tomorrow morning.”
Alabaster nudged Snowball, who had begun to doze off in his chair, and they all got up to leave. When the door shut, Candy looked at Santa with a conspiratorial grin. “Well that was easy enough. They took it, hook, line and sinker!” said Candy, and Santa let out a hearty chuckle!
The next morning they left bright and early to go to the airport. While they were on the airplane they talked about where they were going.
“Santa really didn’t say much about his friend that needed help.” Jinx said.
“Yeah, come to think of it, he was rather vague with the details. But hey, we are getting a vacation, so do the details really matter?” asked Snowball.
“We know that we are going somewhere a lot warmer than the North Pole, so I am happy!”said Jangle. They all agreed. Candy had said that Texas could get really hot.
Come to think of it, she had seemed extra happy about them going. It almost seemed like she knew more than what they did, but, …. They all pushed down the little doubts that had begun surfacing. They were going on a trip to help a friend of Santa’s with some work that needed done. Santa thought they would be perfect for the job, he said his friend would explain everything when they got there.
If Santa thought they would be perfect for the job, then they had no reason to fear, right? They all sat back in their seats, looking out the window and enjoyed the flight.
When the plane landed, they all walked to the gate to meet their ride.
“There she is!” Jangle said.
They looked where he was pointing and they saw a pretty blonde haired lady standing with a big smile on her face. She was holding a sign with all their names on it.
“Welcome to Texas! HI! I am Julia, so nice to meet all of you. Thank you so much for coming! My husband Luke, was so relieved when he heard that you guys were coming. With him being laid up, since his accident, and me being 8 months pregnant, we needed someone to help with the farm chores!”
She continued chatting away, and didn’t really notice the shock on their faces as they followed her to her car. They were going to be working on a farm!
Alabaster turned to Snowball and quietly said , “I am afraid of cows! Do you think they have a cow?” Snowball looked at him, “Afraid of cows? You mean you are a chicken!” and he started laughing, while Alabaster rolled his eyes at him.
About a half hour later they arrived at the farm. The house looked really nice with a white picket fence and there was a lot of land. They saw woods beyond the house and a creek, with a Weeping Willow tree by it. They looked forward to going down to the creek sometime.
They got out of the car and Julia said, “I will show you to your guest rooms where you can unpack and wash up. Then I hope you have a hearty appetite for lunch.” Julia said.
Ahh! Food, they all thought, now that sounded good! For a little while they forgot being nervous about the farm work that was going to be expected of them.
The food was delicious and they were totally charmed by Luke and Julia’s little girl Annie. She kept them laughing throughout the meal. Luke thanked them profusely for coming and he and Julia were so kind. In spite of them being nervous, they were really glad to have come and met this sweet family. Their hearts were warmed by seeing the love that shined between Julia and Luke.
It really was sad about Luke, 2 broken legs. He had some type of accident in the woods, at least now, he was on the way to recovery. Thankfully he was in less pain now.
After lunch, they all told Julia to rest and that they would take care of the dishes. Julia was very pleased, and gladly took them up on their offer. Anna helped them too, entertaining them with her songs while they washed.
After everything was done, Julia said she would take them out to the barn. Annie happily skipped along with them. ” You gotta meet Betsy, she is my favorite cow!”
At hearing these words, Alabaster’s face got a little pale. Snowball started laughing and didn’t hear Julia say, “Watch where you …” SQUISH! Everyone laughed at Snowball’s red face, as Julia said, “You gotta look out for those cow patties!”
Alabaster forgot his fear while laughing. They entered the barn, and Annie said, “There she is, there is Betsy!” and Alabaster saw the biggest cow he had ever seen. Her big, dark eyes seemed to bore into him!
Annie tugged on Jinx’s arm and asked if he wanted to meet Henrietta. She took him over to where a pretty Hen was sitting. “She needs to have her eggs gathered every day. All you do is reach in and take them. Want to try it?”
Jinx felt confident and reached in his hand. “SQUAWK!” The noise and flapping of her wings scared Jinx, and he jerked his hand back which made him squeeze the egg in his hand, causing it to crack. Julia tried to hold in her laughter, but the look on his face and the sight of egg yolk dripping from his hand was too funny.
Jangle was laughing so hard, he tripped and fell into the water trough.
Annie was doubled over with laughter, “This is going to be such a fun week, isn’t it Mommy!” she said.
Jinx, Jangle, Alabaster and Snowball, shook their heads. It would be quite a week indeed!