The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Kelly Kazek

December 25, 2011

A single mom’s dream before Christmas

EAST LIMESTONE — Note: This column by Kelly Kazek was initially published Christmas Eve 2006 in The News Courier.

’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the halls,

Nothing was ready for old Santa Claus;

Decorations lay scattered across the sofa and chairs

The cat sat on one, then flew through the air;

My kid wouldn’t help; she had plans, you see;

For outings and parties, but what about me?

When I did get invited, I have to confess,

I could not find a listing for the man named “Plus Guest”

So I maneuvered alone through the holiday mire

Unclogging the toilet with hooks and some wire;

Washing the clothes that were piled on the floor

In a stack so high it was blocking the door;

I dusted the shelves; I cleared away clutter

But one glance at the baseboards made me shudder;

Cat fur was nestled down in the cracks,

A table was marked with a telltale scratch;

I knew the trio who held the blame,

So I whistled and shouted and called them by name;

“Bad Luvey, bad Scout and you too, Mad Max,

Don’t think I don’t recognize your dirty paw tracks.”

They looked one-by-one, then slowly blinked,

Then laid down to get another 500 winks;

When finally the room was suitably clean,

I got ready to completely destroy it again;

I pulled out the lights from an old attic box

Mangled and tangled into masses of knots;

For six hours I worked to solve the riddle,

And found the problem was bubblegum stuck in the middle;

Then I borrowed a truck, and returned with a tree,

Hollered: “It’s time to decorate” enthusiastically;

“Can’t. Got a game,” the answer came back,

So I did it myself, with some help from Mad Max.

I flopped on the sofa, too tired to move,

And wondered why moms have so much to prove;

“I can’t do it all,” I yelled, sounding bitter;

“I wish, for one day, I had just me to consider.”

I was drifting to sleep, though my muscles were aching,

When I heard a soft tinkling like the sound of glass breaking;

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