By David Valdes Greenwood
Ah, the candy thoughts of Christmas. presents below the tree. Cookies for Santa. And, after all, the yearly fruitcake.
For younger David Valdes Greenwood, the indomitable “little fruitcake” on the middle of those stories, not anything is sweeter than the promise of the vacations. A modern day Tiny Tim, he holds speedy to his perfect of what Christmas may be, regardless of the large odds opposed to him: Sub-zero Maine winters. a bunch of eccentric family. And his consistent foil: a frugal, God-fearing Grammy who turns out made up our minds to convey an finish to all his enjoyable. A e-book that’s “fa-la-la-licious” (Louisville Courier magazine) and packed with humorous, captivating yule thoughts (from construction a Lego® manger to looking for the suitable Christmas tree), a bit Fruitcake will encourage even the most important Grinches round.
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Admittedly, this wasn’t our finest moment as young citizens. But for brothers more prone to sabotaging each other than to teamwork, our wicked romp was a brief moment of true bonding. For the rest of that season, we remained united in our efforts to keep all the grown-ups assured of our belief. When Mom pulled up, and we climbed into the backseat, she asked how Santa was. We kept our answer neutral. ” And then we grinned like madmen all the way home. 0738211220-Greenwood 8/20/07 9:36 AM Page 31 3 Ꮨ Geronimo, Custer, Nixon, and Me 0738211220-Greenwood 8/20/07 9:36 AM Page 32 0738211220-Greenwood 8/20/07 9:36 AM C Page 33 hristmas came early in 1974.
Well . . ” Ignacio kept on him. ” I moved in for the kill. ” It was pure evil, what I was doing. Here was this nice man trying to bring a little joy to the world (and perhaps sign up a few new checking accounts), and I was badgering him like he was a common criminal on the stand. Moreover, I was accusing him of being the fake 0738211220-Greenwood 30 8/20/07 9:36 AM Page 30 A LITTLE FRUITCAKE version of something I didn’t believe in by comparing him to another version I had already written off as fake in the first place.
Ignacio and I considered ourselves lucky because the guy who plowed our driveway usually banked the snow by the porch, helping to cover the wide picture window sooner than nature alone would allow. The banked snow made it a breeze to climb up to the top, where we’d wander around proudly at perilous heights. That year, with so much snow so soon, was going to be an exceptional one for playing on the roof. But we couldn’t start immediately. One blizzard hadn’t been quite enough to block the window completely, and things cleared up for Thanksgiving Day.