Archive for April, 2012

Waiting

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Donna 3 Comments

I feel like it’s almost Christmas. I’ve had my bath and pulled on my favorite nightie. I’ve settled by the tree, been dazzled by the multicolored lights winding through the branches up to the ceiling. I’ve stayed awake through every one of the twelve records in our album of Dickens’ Christmas Carol. And even though I’ve heard it every Christmas I can remember, I still shivered at the Ghost of Christmas past as he shook his heavy chains. As Daddy slept in his chair I rattled presents that looked as though they might be mine.

My mother has called me to the kitchen and said it was time for bed. I’ve hugged her extra tight, leaned around her waist close to the big pottery bowl, lifted the edge of the towel off the top, closed my eyes and inhaled. Puffy coffee cake dough oozed the distinctive scent of yeast. Nearby, my favorite blue mixing bowl held sugar and cinnamon. I’ve smiled up at Mama and she’s nodded okay. I pinched off a big wad of soft white dough, swirled it through the cinnamon sugar and popped it in my mouth.

Mama swatted my behind and told me to get on upstairs and brush my teeth. She and Daddy would come up to hear my prayers and say goodnight. After they turned out the light I’d hum Silent Night and listen for our car backing out of the driveway as Daddy left to play organ for Christmas Eve service. I’d stare at the ceiling envisioning the wonders of the next morning until I could no longer keep my eyes open.

And if this were that night, I’d wake up tomorrow morning to find a big box of my books from Tate Publishing Company. It took six years to get to this point. I’ve read and proofed the story, rewrote and edited it some more, sighed over the cover choices, gasped in delight at seeing the layout, and cried over the gracious endorsements. A Song in Every Silence will be here very soon and the waiting will be over. It will indeed be a morning of wonder.