poor children

I sat contemplating the Christmas season, wholly lost in thought.  How could such a holy season result in so much greed and grief?  I hated having to buy presents for those who no longer had time for me.  Where had the days gone when little arms entwined my neck?  I longed for their presence.  Could they not come sit a while?  I was sated with giving gifts to those who needed nothing.

My mind flashed to some children I saw yesterday.  By the looks of their holey jackets, mismatched clothing and sole-less shoes, they needed my presents.   Perhaps I could bask in the presence of little ones once more.   Having an attitude change and feeling a bit like the Magi must have felt, I grabbed my purse and set out to do some shopping.


Challenge to write poetry or prose using homophones: presence and presents; holy, holey, and wholly

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Mukhamani says:

    Yes, bringing them joy.

  2. Olga says:

    Wonderful to share your blessings and bring joy to a child’s heart. ❤

    • oneta hayes says:

      Olga, so sorry to say this was not factual. I was just writing a story. But it did speak a message to me as I hope it does to others.. It is hard to be Scrooge when you is giving to someone in need. I did not intend to be misleading 😀

      • Olga says:

        All great fiction allows the reader to enter a world of believability. I think using the word “yesterday” brought a sense of reality of it. Enjoyed the read, Oneta. Merry Christmas! 🙂

        • oneta hayes says:

          Thank you, Olga. I tried out a speech the other day by having my grandchildren listen to me. It was a humorous speech. When I got through one of them said, “Grandma, is that the truth.” I had to admit it was not! But I guess I did okay in the make believe world. Glad I’m not a liar. I could get myself in all sorts of trouble! 😀

  3. calmkate says:

    Well written Oneta, I’m sure you spread the love 😉

  4. Michael says:

    Good one Oneta, hope the shopping was successful.

  5. joyroses13 says:

    How lovely of you to help those children! You showed the true meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas!

    • oneta hayes says:

      joyroses, same answer to you as to those above. So sorry to say this was not factual. I was just writing a story. But it did speak a message to me as I hope it does to others.. It is hard to be Scrooge when you is giving to someone in need. I did not intend to be misleading 😀

  6. Beautiful. Your story inspires me. I think, perhaps, now that my son is grown, this might be a great plan moving forward! Love this, Oneta! Great writing response to the challenge as well.

  7. Steph McCoy says:

    Well done! Merry Christmas Oneta!

  8. James says:

    So far the grandchildren love seeing us as much as we adore being with them.

    • oneta hayes says:

      That’s good. My grandchildren have been a blessing to me, but they all have families of their own which causes a sore lack of time that we can be together. I do have one granddaughter who lives near enough that I get to share her children’s lives. I love it. But I have other great grandchildren whom I do not see more than a few hours a couple of days a year. I’d like more! Selfish of me? No. They would feel bad if I didn’t want more. Have a great time with your little ones.

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