“Oh, Mrs. T!” I exclaimed as soon as she picked up the phone. “I’m so sorry to bother you at this hour.”
She chuckled and said, “You know it’s never too early for me! What is it?”
I felt my heart lurch in my chest when I saw that her face was twisted into a frown. She had just come home from work and was still wearing her uniform-a black dress with red trimming. Her tired green eyes were lined with dark circles and under them were large bags that looked like they carried some heavy burdens of their own. The only part of her that seemed free from exhaustion was the wide smile on her lips as she listened to me ramble about
Christmas was just a few nights away and Elijah didn’t have a sweater. He had been on the lookout for one for weeks, but couldn’t find any that he liked among all of the sweaters in stores. He tried to ask his parents for one, but they were busy with work and never seemed to have time to answer him when he spoke up about it. This left Elijah feeling so sad- not only was Christmas coming up quickly, but also there wasn’t anything new happening at school or at home. What would happen if nobody gave him a sweater? It made him feel even more upset knowing that he wouldn’t get any presents from anyone since they knew how hard it is for people like me to buy them things sometimes,” Elijah
It was Christmas Eve, and the whole family had arrived at grandma’s house to celebrate. The kids all ran around playing games while some of the adults were in the kitchen cooking up a storm for dinner tonight. Some were out front decorating with lights or stringing up an ugly sweater that had been passed down from generation to generation. A few minutes after sitting down at the card table, they heard a light tapping on one of the windows. When they walked over to see what it could be, there was a black cat sitting outside on its haunches staring through one of them with its bright green eyes. They quickly opened up their window before it got cold enough for him to freeze there and let him in before he wandered off again looking
Pete was so excited for Christmas this year. He loved everything about it–the decorations, the festivities, and of course his presents. This year all he wanted was a cat sweater! And when he got home from school that day, there it was waiting for him on the table with a bow around its neck. Pete ripped off the wrapping paper in delight to find an adorable black cat sweater with white paws and ears. It fit him perfectly too! He couldn’t wait to show everyone at his family’s Christmas dinner party who came over later that night. When they asked where he got such a cool gift, he told them all about how Santa left it under the tree because Pete had been good this year…or so he thought!
Today was a special day. She had been waiting all year for this since her birthday last month, but now it was finally here. The only thing missing to make the occasion even sweeter would be if she could find a really ugly sweater to wear today.
I was always a cat person. I loved their independence, the way they could just lounge around all day and sleep in so late. But when my parents moved to a new house with nothing but rabbits as neighbors, I started feeling bad for them. That’s when I got my idea- why not get a black cat? It would be easy enough to find one on the internet, even if it meant waiting until after December 20th.
I went home from school that Friday night with an ugly sweater wrapped up under my arm and quickly logged onto Facebook to message some of my friends who had posted about how hard it is to shop for presents this time of year because everyone else is doing it too. The next morning, someone asked me what