The Little Cross Family . Short Story

Monday, June 6, 2011



They lived in a little country home. Joe and Sarah Smith , and their two children, Joy, and Tommy were of school age.

Times were tough. Joe was laid off at the plant, and Sarah put and application in a candy making shop. Their were lots of applications ahead of hers. Joe did his best to make it possible for Sarah to stay home to simply enjoy the pleasures of remaining a home maker, but Sarah insisted on trying to help out by applying for work.

Joe had and injured back. The family had no idea how long Joe would last at the plywood plant. He hurt his back lifting heavy items. Joe kind of figured that his days were numbered at his job.

Joe tried to figure out ways to earn money at home, but he did not have a lot of stuff to sell that would bring in enough money to pay debts, but Joe had and idea. He did not know if it was a good idea, or not, but he was thinking about giving it a try.

Joe discussed his idea with Sarah, but Sarah was not sure the idea was all that great, but she stood by her man, and went along with him on it . Lord only knows, maybe the idea might be helpful.

They only had the family car to load up lumber, but if it worked right, Joe could pick up some 1 by 4's at a local lumber yard. He had nails so he would not need to buy them. He needed white outdoor paint that could easily be washed off of his one good paint brush, so he purchased a gallon.

Joe had a very good jig saw, and even a reciprocating saw to cut wood so he was in adequate shape in having work tools.

Sarah , and the children, and Joe took a ride to the lumber store that was kind of a hardware business too. The supplies cost a little investment money. It was not much. Joe had money still left in his wallet so he drove the family to a place where ice cream was sold in cones the old fashioned way. Joe handed Tommy a ten dollar bill to go to the slide window where a young lady took Tommy's ten dollars for the purchase of ice cream, chips, and sodas.

Joy, Tommy's sister could not stay still in the family car so she got out with and excuse to help Tommy carry the treats. Joe looked at the boards sticking out of the car window by Sarah's side of the passenger seat. He asked Sarah if she was O.K. Sarah kissed Joe on the cheek and said she was doing just fine.

Tommy brought back some change, and Tommy asked his daddy if he could keep a dollar of it. Joe told Tommy to split the change , and to keep half of it, and to give the other half to his sister Joy.

When the family arrived home , everyone went about their own ways of spending their time after removing the boards from the car.

Joe took one of the boards , and cut part of it into two more pieces to make the symbol of a cross.

Sarah went into their house trailer to create a very nice Chicken salad. She made ice tea, and Joy helped her to make delicious sandwiches.

The food was delicious. They all ate , and everyone helped Joe , and Sarah built and painted about ten little white crosses that would be for sale the next day.

When Sunday came which is a good worshipping day of our Lord Jesus , Joe, Sarah, Tommy, and Joy brought out some things they no longer needed , and placed low price stickers on them , and laid the items on a large home made table that Joe built some time ago.

From the highway, people in cars turned their heads to look as they curiously drove slow and passed by the yard sale . Some folks returned to see what was going on with the crosses, and of the garden sale by the Smith family.

People stopped to ask what was going on. Joe said, " The crosses are ten dollars each. You can stick one in the ground by your home, or by a loved one at a cemetery if you wish, or you can do with one whatever you desire. I would like to raise a little money to repair our home, and maybe to pay some bills if that is O.K. with the town folks."

Some people stopped to look while others bought some low priced items. As for the crosses, they remained for a while, but as word of mouth spread around town, Joe sold his little white crosses.

It was not a bad investment. A little money was raised to assist the family. The family did not get rich, but the little white crosses helped them to make ends meet. Joe made more of them, and they did not sell fast, but they did sell.

Joe felt a little bad about selling the crosses, but he kind of figured the Lord wouldn't mind. After all it was intended for some good things, and it was done out of love , and respect in the process.



God Bless Everyone.










Comments 14 comments

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Very nicely written. Very cute.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Hello hello : Good morning precious heart, and thank you for your encouraging thoughts. God Bless You.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Yes, it is nicely written and a very fine story. Thank you for this delightful read to go along with my morning coffee.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Phoenix : Thank you for writing precious heart, and I pray you all stay cool. GBY


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Having your nice stories to read helps take my mind off of the heat, so you're helping!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Phoenix : I am glad you enjoy reading them. God Bless You and your husband dear heart, and I pray he is feeling better. Hot weather effects breathing too.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I know it does. We're making sure he stays inside near the air conditioner. I should go cut the grass but it is just too humid and hot. If the neighbors don't like the way it looks, they can come over and cut it. ha ha ha


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Phoenix : Wish I was your next door neighbor. You would never have to cut grass again. If you do, be careful in the heat, and stay hydrated. GBY, and Goodnight.


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My Stories 5 years ago

Cute story. I enjoyed reading it.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear My Stories : Thank you precious heart for visiting, and thank you for becomming my fan, and I joined your fan club. Can't wait to read more of your work. God Bless You.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

stars439,

I think this is a story filled with sweetness, love and a desire to do what you can to help your family. We need the Lord in our homes and a cross is a beautiful symbol of such... thank you for a lovely read!

Voted UP & UAB-- you please keep cool and hydrated as well-- seems it is hot all over the place, mar!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear marcoujor : Thank you very much for visiting precious heart, and for the thoughtful advice to fend off heat danger. God Bless You, and Please don't let your work emotionally wear you down because God only gives us all just so much time on this earth. As a nurse you can only do so much , and the rest is up to God. GBY


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Beautiful stars as always .

Take care

Eiddwen.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Eiddwen : Glad you enjoyed the hub. God Bless You Precious Heart.

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