Tonight on another Christmas edition of North Florida Writer Live we will tell the story of just such a young boy, we'll call him Joey McCauley, who learned of his father's death during Advent, making his first Christmas without his dad very sad indeed. Joey lost interest in school and his mates, becoming morose and emotionless, quite a change for a lad who had been active and, in fact, mischievous previous to this traumatic event.
Our story will look at his mother and how she dealt with it, the impact of the event on Christmas 1917 and the surprise which turned a blue Christmas into a joyous one indeed. You see, a Guardian Angel entered the picture, a man who lived nearby who would have never been expected to interject himself into the life of this little boy. And since there really is no such thing as coincidence or luck in God's plan for His world, He clearly had his guiding hand on the shoulder of farmer John Crandall.
Crandall had served with Joey's father in the trenches and was wounded seriously, resulting in limited use of his left leg. He walked with the help of a cane and a decided limp, which precluded him from doing much of what he loved. But I'll save the details for the show, which will air Monday night at 9:30. If you like stories about the travails of everyday life but with a good ending, tune in. Here's the link:
The point of the story is to picture how all that children who have lost a parent need special attention and care and especially so at a special time like Christmas. If you know someone like this, do something kind and thoughtful; you just might make the season a better one and, besides, aren't we supposed to help those in need at Christmas? Hope you tune in.