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Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)
TITLE: Holiday Every Day
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
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Mommy hugged her. “Scoot off to get ready for bed. Tomorrow is a busy day.”
“Ahh, I wish every day was a holiday.” She looked at Mommy and raised her eyebrows.
Mommy gently tapped her daughter’s nose. “Don’t give me that look.”
“Please, Mommy, let’s make every day a holiday in our house. We could have Kids’ Day.”
Camden jumped up. “Yeah, it’s not fair to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day without a Kids’ Day.”
Daddy ruffled his son’s hair. “Every day is Kids’ Day. You don’t have to work or worry about the bills.”
Mommy held up her hand. “For the next couple of weeks, we’ll make every day a celebration.”
Camden and Wrigley danced around the room. Dad put his head between his knees and moaned. Wrigley screamed, “Presents and cake every day!”
“Now wait, you two will have to agree upon what we’ll be celebrating. Plus, you’re in charge of everything. No arguing or the experiment is over. And yes you still have to go to school.”
The kids ran upstairs. The next morning, they came down with a list. Camden cleared his throat, “Today is now known as Dog Day. After school, we’ll invite the neighborhood dogs over to celebrate.”
Daddy stroked his chin. “Funny, I thought the first day would be Kids’ Day.”
Wrigley wiggled her eyebrows. “We saved that for Saturday so we didn’t have to go to school. Plus we wanted breakfast in bed. Tomorrow is Crazy Sock Day. Everyone gives one another funky socks. Then it’s Eat Cake and Candy Day, where every meal has to have cake and candy in it.”
Mommy started to speak but Wrigley held her hand up. “You said we got to plan the holiday. No complaining.” Mommy just nodded.
Camden listed off the rest of the celebrations. “Wednesday is Watch TV Day, Thursday is Take Your Kids to Dinner Night and Friday is National Baseball Day. Now here is a list of presents that we think would be appropriate for each day. This will give you enough time to get me that new catcher’s mitt.”
Smiling, Dad spoke up. “I wouldn’t mind baseball tickets for the game Friday night. Keep that in mind, kids.”
“Also, I think you should make hot dogs for dinner on Baseball Day. Remember you’re in charge of the celebration.”
Wrigley and Camden stopped laughing and looked at each other. Camden whispered, “You think that’s the catch?”
Wrigley nodded. “But we have to do it. We deserve our Kids’ Day.”
That evening, after all the neighbor’s dogs left, Daddy handed the kids a present. Wrigley squealed as she started to rip the paper off. She picked up the box; her eyebrows furrowed. “What’s this?”
Daddy opened the box and put the pieces together. “You each have your very own pooper-scooper. Have fun cleaning up after the dogs. Remember, that was part of the deal.”
The next day in school, they shared their lunch of cake and candy with all of their friends. At dinnertime, Wrigley saw strawberry short cake was the only thing on the table. Rubbing her belly, she groaned. “May I skip dinner tonight? My tummy hurts.”
The rest of the week flew by. On Saturday, the kids were exhausted and didn’t even enjoy breakfast in bed. At the end of the day, Mommy asked, “What’s tomorrow? I think because it’s Sunday and the word holiday actually means holy day that we should dedicate this day to God. Wrigley, you should read from your Bible.”
On Sunday morning, everyone gathered in the kitchen. Wrigley opened her Bible to Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Everyone was silent. Wrigley and Camden lowered their heads.
Wrigley wiped a tear away. “We’ve been kind of silly this week. By Wednesday, it wasn’t even fun anymore. Sure the kids in school all thought you guys were cool for letting us do this but it was kind of selfish of us. Plus it was a lot of work. I guess Jesus is trying to tell us every day is already special because we are all here together.”
Camden hugged his parents. “Amen, Sister!”
*Bible Verse is from NIV Bible
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