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Smart Grandpa

Monday, December 13, 2010

Be sure to read to the end!

'Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch

The pond was froze over & so was the branch.

The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule.

The kids were all home on vacation from school,

And happier young folks you never did see-

Just all sprawled around a-watchin' TV.

Then suddenly, some time around 8 o'clock,

There came a surprise that gave them a shock!

The power went off, the TV went dead!

When Grandpa came in from out in the shed

With an armload of wood, the house was all dark.

"Just what I expected," they heard him remark.

"Them power line wires must be down from the snow.

Seems sorter like times on the ranch long ago."

"I'll hunt up some candles," said Mom. "With their light,

And the fireplace, I reckon we'll make out all right."

The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom.

Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his room,

Uncased his old fiddle & started to play

That old Christmas song about bells on a sleigh.

Mom started to sing, & 1st thing they knew

Both Pop & the kids were all singing it, too.

They sang Christmas carols, they sang "Holy Night,"

Their eyes all a-shine in the ruddy firelight.

They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth,

And Pop read a passage from God's Book of Truth.

They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe,

The youngsters agreed 'twas a fine Christmas Eve.

Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn;

And when the kids wakened, the power was on..

"The power company sure got the line repaired quick,"

Said Grandpa - & no one suspected his trick.

Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun,

He had pulled the main switch - the old Son-of-a-Gun!

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    Cute story....so well written you can envision their Christmas.
    3637 days ago
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    Arlene in the early 90's we moved out to the ranch and we had NO tv our only radio station worked in the car and at night we could get very scratchy AM radio in the house.. My husband is a fiddle player and we would entertain ourselves in this way..I firmly believe our 'Linemen' were angels.. they were out in the weather at all times of the day and night fixing our power. I have very fond memories of the kids out on the ranch for Christmas... thanks for sharing.... I'm curious as to how you are doing.. I love the new Christmas photo.. I hope all is fine with you and I hope your journey with maintanance is going ok.. I'm up a few pounds and I wake up every day ready to tackle them.. I'd hate to think what would happen if I didn't... I'd probably be up several more pounds..LOL Please take care my friend... Ronie
    3637 days ago
    I would love to know who re-wrote this story because it is so beautifully done. I actually think I am getting the Christmas spirit!
    3637 days ago
    Love it!
    3637 days ago
    This is a great one Arlene
    3638 days ago
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