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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Countdown to Christmas/Advent (10/23/08)

By Kenneth Heath


Windows of hope.

Climbing out of the car Adam was met by squeals of delight as his great grand children ran out of the house to meet him. Jason aged six was the first to reach him and threw his arms about Adams neck. “Grandpoo I missed you.” Said Jason as he planted a large sloppy kiss on his great grandfathers cheek. Caroline a rosy-faced cherub aged five waited quietly in the background for Adam to turn his attention to her. Picking her up and spinning her around Adam said “and how is my princess today?”

“Smashing Grandpoo, smashing,” was all she said as she hugged him. “I lost a tooth this morning, and I can’t wait for the tooth fairy to come tonight cause he is going to make me rich.” She said beaming from ear to ear.

“What you got for us Grandpoo?” said Jason as he spied the large envelope Adam was carrying.

“Jason where are your manners?” said Amy their mother as she tried to prevent her siblings from knocking Adam to the ground. “Hello Adam, how are you” she said as she gave him a warm embrace. “Come inside, I’ve made a fresh pot of tea and your favorite carrot cake. Ever since you phoned and asked if you could come and visit they have been impossible.” She remarked as they made their way into the sitting room.

Adam loved Amy; she was just the right girl for his grandson Peter. Together they had a lovely home and family and Adam was honored that they allowed him to be part of it. At 86 he had unfortunately outlived his own wife and son due to a nasty accident, but his grandson Peter had “taken him under his wing” spoiling him rotten and making him very much part of the family.

“So what’s in the envelope Grandpoo?” came Jason’s impatient query.

“Jason!” exclaimed Amy. “Please give Grandpoo as chance to catch his breath and have some tea before you interrogate him.”

“Sorry Grandpoo.” Said Jason as he tackled a large slice a carrot cake.

“That’s alright Jason,” said Adam as he slowly opened the large envelope. The children held their breath as he slowly pulled two advent calendars from the envelope. They were beautifully decorated with Christmas scenes, one for a boy and the other a girl. On the face of each of the calendars were twenty-five closed windows.

“What are they for?” asked Caroline, pointing to the closed windows.

“Well my dear, tomorrow is the first day of December and if you and Jason are very good and help mummy around the house, then you can each open window number one. Behind each window is a picture with a little verse for you to read, and each day you open one window until you get to the last window, window number twenty-five. Then if you have been good and all your windows are open then you get to open the presents I have for you in the boot of the car. I can’t be with you this Christmas, so I want you to have something special to look forward to each day this month. Remember day number twenty-five is the day Jesus was born. On that day God gave all of us a very special present, He gave us His son as a perfect gift and Jesus in turn when He grew up, gave us the gift of eternal life with Him if we believe in Him.”

Amy looked across at Adam with a frown. “I thought that you were going to join us for Christmas, what’s happened to change your mind?”

“I am so sorry Amy.” said Adam “but in my quiet time this morning the Lord said that I should come and say goodbye. He said that He is calling me home, and that I will not be here for Christmas. It is time to go to be with Helen my wife, Eric Peter’s dad and of course my wonderful Lord and Savior. I have lived a good life with many, many blessings, but now it is time to go. I will go and see Peter at his work and say my goodbyes. Come, let’s go and fetch the presents from the car and put them under the tree. Just seeing the presents will give the kids fresh hope, as they open the windows getting ever closer to the last window and the wonderful gift within.”

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Colin Swann11/04/08
A very homely snug Christmas feel to this interesting read. Thanks for sharing.
Beth LaBuff 11/04/08
This is so heart-warming. I had to smile at the name "Grandpoo." :)
Norma-Anne Hough11/08/08
Hi Ken,
Lovely story. Good family feel to it.Keep up the good work.
Lotsa love, Norms