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.
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.