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A Short Story About A Christmas Reunion-

Updated on December 24, 2016
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My name is Ruby. I live in Southern Illinois. I write poetry, flash fiction and short stories. I am a dreamer who believes in God's love.

A Family Makes A Happy Home

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.


Timmy lay quietly in his bed. He'd never walked due to a birth defect, Spina Bifida ( The spinal cord protruding on the outside of the lower back, a large twisted mass. )

Tomorrow was not only Christmas, it was his birthday, his sixth. Even though he'd never walked, he was a happy child. His father, James had left the family soon after Timmy's birth, expressing his dislike for the ugly mass on the child's back.

Timmy's mother, Amy has struggled to make ends meet. James' support check arrived faithfully every month, and it was enough to pay the bills and keep a roof over their head's but nothing more.

Timmy loved books and had learned to read early. Amy had spent countless hours tutoring him. The local library in their small town kept him furnished with a wide variety of books, usually his bed was covered with many wonderful fun filled stories.

He was aware that he shared a birthday with the baby Jesus. He was reading about his birth in a stable when he heard a knock on the door. He listened and heard his mother speaking to someone and finally saying, " Come in. "

A tall dark haired man came into his room carrying a package wrapped in sparkling pink paper and a golden bow on top of the lid. Timmy asked, " Who are you and what ya got all wrapped up so pretty? " James attempted to answer both questions but broke down in tears. He managed to place the package on the bed and reached down to touch his son's cheek. After looking more closely, Timmy recognized his father from a picture his mother had shown him many times. He grabbed his father's hand and asked, " Is that you daddy, I was hoping you would come to see me on my birthday? "

That was the start of a joyful reunion.

In time the medical field advanced enough to safely operate on the mass, and in time, Timmy took his first steps. He received physical therapy daily and in about two years he could run and play and go to public school, something he's dreamed about his entire life.

Today he will tell you that the best part was his dad coming home to stay.

Timmy is now a young man in college and he loves to tell people about the time he saw his father for the first time and about the special gift he brought him on that Christmas Eve long ago.

It was a sleeping puppy all curled up in the Christmas box, he'd punched holes throughout the package so the puppy could breathe. He named his puppy Jingle Bells, and they grew up together.

Every Christmas Eve Timmy remembers that day when his dad returned home with his puppy, and he remembers the many nights he folded his hands and prayed that his daddy would someday come home on his birthday.

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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dana. I'm sorry for being so late. I've had family visiting. I'm happy you liked my Christmas story. Thank you so much...

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      Dana Tate 

      18 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Ruby, I needed a little humbling grace today and I jumped on your page to read one of your stories. You didn't disappoint. This is touching.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. What a sweet comment about my little story. Thank you. Happy you enjoyed.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello teaches, so glad you enjoyed my story. Thank you for a beautiful comment.

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      mckbirdbks 

      21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - Feels like I opened my last Christmas present for the season. Thanks for such a beautiful story. Hugs

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      Dianna Mendez 

      21 months ago

      I enjoyed your story, what a sweet memory for this chap. I hope your Christmas was Merry and have a wonderful New Year.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. No it's not a true story. I just saw a picture of a baby with Spina Bifida and my muse kicked in. I'm glad it's not true. but I witnessed a woman having twins and the father got mad at her for having more than one, remarking " That's too many to try to take care of. " They were both uneducated and poor. Sad for sure..Thanks for coming by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      21 months ago from Central Florida

      So precious, Ruby! Is this a true story?

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Nadine. What a sweet comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my story. Thank you so much...

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      Nadine May 

      21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh what a lovely story with a terrific ending. Just up my street. I can just imagine a script writer could make a Christmas film from it. Well done.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Nell. Christmas was great and looking forward to a new year of writing. I'm glad you liked my story. Thank you much. Have a wonderful New Year...

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      Nell Rose 

      21 months ago from England

      Hi Ruby, what a lovely story! hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello lifegate. I'm thrilled that you liked my story! Thank you much..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. " Dreams can come true, it can happen to you, if you're young at heart. " Thanks so much for reading my story..Hugs.

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      William Kovacic 

      21 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So touching, Ruby - and told so well. Thanks for adding something positive in a very negative world. Much appreciated and enjoyed.

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      Genna East 

      21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is such a beautiful story, Ruby. Dreams can, and do, come true. Hugs for sharing this gift with us all. And Happy New Year! :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Patricia. No it's not true, but I imagine this has happened sometime, somewhere. Thank you for coming by...

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      Patricia Scott 

      21 months ago from sunny Florida

      What a precious story...I hope it is true. Such a wonderful gift of love at this special time of the year.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ven. Thank you for the nice comment. Happy New Year to you and family.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. Thank you for a happy Christmas Wish. Happy New Year!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. Thank you for your friendship. We are a close community of writers. Happy New Year..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. I couldn't resist writing a Christmas story. Happy you enjoyed.

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      Venkatachari M 

      21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A nice story with a nice reunion of the child with his father. I am happy that the child became normal and accomplished his dreams.

      Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. I just had to write a Christmas story, so glad you liked it. Thank you. Lot's of hugs...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A wonderful and heartwarming story. Hope your holidays are merry and bright.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie. So happy you enjoy my stories. Happy endings are fun to write. Thank you. I love you too...

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      21 months ago from Texas

      Ruby my gem of a friend, it is always a joy to read your stories, for I know that all will be well in the end.

      Blessings, Merry Christmas my beautiful friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Clive. A sad story that had to have some happiness. It is the season for goodness and goodwill. That's what I wish for you my friend from the other side of the world. Hugs...

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Merry Christmas, Ruby. May blessings be your companion throughout 2017. Thank you for your friendship.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful Ruby, thank you for this fine Christmas story. Merry Christmas.

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      Maria Jordan 

      21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Merry, peaceful Christmas, dear Ruby.

      Love this story filled with promise and hope / love you more for sharing this message with us. Hugs, mar

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      Martie Coetser 

      21 months ago from South Africa

      Aauw, beautiful, Ruby! I wish all sad stories had happy endings! You are such a positive woman, able to see a good ending for every sad story. Love you lots!

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      Clive Williams 

      21 months ago from Jamaica

      merry hubmas. humble story.

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