The Christmas tree was demolished and strewn all over the floor. Jerry’s house was a mess now, but that wasn’t his concern, as he helped pick the people up off the floor. The man stood up first and the woman said, “Reuben, I think my ankle is sprained.” Reuben reached out his hand and with Jerry’s help, they lifted her up. Jerry noticed she had a huge bump on her forehead, and he noticed something else about her. She was pregnant. Reuben explained that they had a car accident nearby.
They got her safely to the sofa, and the children gathered round, crying and saying, “Mama!” “I’m alright children, no need to worry….” Reuben looked around the house and apologized for the mess their entrance had caused. Jerry dismissed it and said, “That’s not important, I’m just glad you are safe!”, he continued with, “Please make yourselves at home, I’ll get us some hot chocolate.”
When Jerry returned with 5 steaming cups of hot cocoa he was stunned, and nearly dropped the tray. His guests had taken their winter hats and coats off, and Jerry noticed Reuben looked different than most men. He had fringes around his waist, and a small piece of fabric on his head.
When Reuben came over to take the tray he smiled, and said, “My name is Reuben Klein, this is my wife Sarah, our son Samuel, he’s 10, and our daughter Rebecca, she’s 6 years old. Jerry put down the tray, and extended his hand, “I’m Jerry McKenzie!” The two men shook hands, and Jerry was bold enough to ask about the swede piece of fabric on Reuben’s head, held on by clips. Reuben smiled, and said “We’re Jewish, Orthodox Jews.”
A half hour later, they were sitting warmed by the fire, sharing stories of holidays and traditions. Jerry shared about his wife Margaret and how they celebrated Christmas. He raved about her gingerbread cookies. Reuben shared about Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, and about Purim. Jerry enjoyed hearing about the Jewish people surviving centuries of persecution.
Sarah was sharing about the meaning of the word “kosher”, when they all heard a noise above the roaring wind outside. They listened. Sarah yelled, “Oh my God!” “There’s somebody out there!” It was a woman’s voice outside for sure. They all heard it, “Help me!” “God, have mercy, and help me!”
Jerry and Reuben ran for the door.
The wonderful conclusion tomorrow evening!
Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies
Peace and blessings to everyone.
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