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The bootie

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Marie Walker Leetonia, Ohio Honorable mention Tears flowed from my eyes while I hung the little red and white stuffed elf. It was Carol’s favorite Christmas ornament. My 18-year-old daughter had joined the military service. It would be the first Christmas without her. Carol’s letters arrived from the boot camp and I understood that […]

Merry mischief

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Sharon Sweda Huron, Ohio Honorable Mention “Doggone it!” Janet hears Henry’s familiar bellow. She knows, without looking or hearing the stomp of his boots, that in an instant, he and his flannel jacket will race out the door of their 1940’s bungalow. She also knows where he is going. It is five days before […]

Of Christmas chores and country kindness

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Jennifer Bryan Paris, Ohio Honorable Mention The frosty morning air stung my nose as I stepped out the door of our farmhouse. My parents’ boot prints in the fresh snow marked their earlier trek to the barn. I could hear the drone of the milk pump and the calves bawling for their breakfast. Cows […]

Through the eyes of a child

Monday, December 29, 2008

By M. Merlin Acker Wooster, Ohio Honorable Mention Farmer Jim awoke early one bright spring morning, traveling to the steep eastern slope on his farm overlooking a small village. One by one he placed small pine trees in the soil. As the saplings embraced the sunlight and inhaled a few breaths of the crisp air, […]

A question of faith

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Chet Cornman Freeport, Pa. Third place The floorboard creaked and Amy froze. Someone was out there all right. Carefully, oh so carefully, she extended her neck and peeked around the corner. A man, a large man, was sitting with his back to her, rooting under the tree. She held her breath, but was sure […]

An unexpected gift

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Michelle Starkey Mechanicsburg, Ohio Second place The weather had turned cold and dreary with rain clouds hovering over the small town of Mechanicsburg when Jim Samuels decided to stop at the local feed store to pick up supplies for his dairy farm. “Let’s see,” he told Bob, the store manager. “I need oil, boots, […]

The winning Christmas story

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Kim Villalva Millington, Tenn. First place The phone call shocked Vernon Lee. He had won first place in the library’s Children’s Christmas Story Contest. He shifted carefully in his chair so as not to wake the sleeping feline warming his lap. “You happy up there, Genevieve? Honey, now I gotta read that silly story […]


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