Christmas Without Mommy

Christmas Without Mommy

“How many days are left until Christmas?” asked Bo the Penguin excitedly as he dashed downstairs to the kitchen. Daddy Penguin grinned and pointed to a big blue “x” on the calendar hanging next to the stove. 

“Not long now! Vacation starts in a week and then only three more sleeps,” said Daddy Penguin. Bo understood that it wasn’t long before Christmas. 

“Come on, let’s make some ornaments for the Christmas tree and check the lights so that nothing goes wrong at Christmas!” suggested Daddy Penguin.

The two sat down at the kitchen table and began cutting out beautiful fir trees from green construction paper. Bo liked stars the best. He made a big yellow star to decorate the top of the fir tree like he did every year. 

Just as they were about to start untangling the old string of lights, they heard the front door open. 

Mommy Penguin came in from work and greeted Bo and Daddy with long hugs. “Well, these look great. I guess we don’t have to worry about Christmas tree decorations this year!”

Mommy Penguin had a bag full of groceries that she put on the kitchen table and started unpacking. Bo watched curiously as she pulled flour, milk, sugar, and various nuts out of the bag in addition to some fresh fish for dinner. 

Mommy Penguin saw Bo’s eager looks. “I bought all these ingredients so we can bake lots of cookies tomorrow—enough to last at least until after Christmas.”

Mommy joined them at the kitchen table. Bo thought she looked a little worried. 

Mommy worked at the hospital and took care of a lot of patients. Sometimes she came home exhausted and needed time to rest. She also had to work some nights. When that happened, Bo usually didn’t see her until the afternoon when he was back from kindergarten. 

“This year, unfortunately, I have to work on Christmas Eve,” Bo’s mom said. “Right now, many of my colleagues are sick, so I will have to fill in. It will be just the two of you for Christmas this year.”

Mom and Dad smiled confidently at each other to reassure Bo. 

“I think that’s really dumb!” said Bo. He couldn’t imagine Christmas without Mom. “Why you of all people? Surely someone else can work on Christmas!” 

Bo started to cry. What would it be like if Mom wasn’t there at Christmas? It was out of the question! 

Mommy Penguin lovingly took her son in her arms. “Even on holidays, people can get sick and then they need help from doctors and nurses,” she explained. Bo still thought it was silly and unfair. 

“But why did it have to be on Christmas Eve?” he thought.

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