SPF: One Day at a Time


“I’m cold Andy,” whispered Bessie.

Andy picked up his blanket.

“Take this, but don’t tell Mama, you know she couldn’t afford to have the heating turned back on.”

Andy was only thirteen but he’d had to grow up early. He didn’t mind. He knew his mother worked hard and made sure that she never heard him or his sister complain.

Outside, the first signs of frost made him shiver. Hearing the front door he went downstairs.

“Andy dear, did you and your sister eat the sandwiches I made? I hope you both aren’t feeling too cold?”

“Don’t worry Mama, we’re fine, but you look tired, should I get you something to eat?”

Clara smiled gratefully. She knew how brave Andy pretended to be and prayed she could give him and Bessie the childhood they deserved.

Suddenly, there was a whirring sound.

“The heating is back on!” exclaimed Andy.

Clara later found out that the landlord had decided to be exceptionally gracious this Christmas.

Andy hugged her. “See Mama, things always have a way of working out!”

Clara held him tightly, her eyes welling up.

It wasn’t easy, but Andy was right, life did find a way of working itself out.

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9 Responses to SPF: One Day at a Time

  1. It is unfortunate that so many people have to live in situations like this. I am glad they will have a warm Christmas at least.

    • swritings says:

      Very true…a lot of people go through such hardships in life…everyone really should have a warm Christmas!

      • I agree. We have a large homeless problem here in this town, and a soup kitchen was setup so that all the homeless could go there and get a warm cup of coffee and something to eat.

        When work on a cinema started, it had to be moved and was placed near the centre of town. It has been there for nearly a year, and some of the people around there have complained so much that the soup kitchen had to be closed down.

        I just hope the people who got it closed are happy. These people could die of starvation or the cold and those complainers are sat in their warm houses with expensive drinks and watching TV from the comf0rt of a warm sofa. Sometimes humanity is lost on some people.

      • swritings says:

        When you hear about such situations you indeed wonder how such indifferent people exist in the world. How this world revolves wholly around making a profit and stepping upon anyone who comes in your way.

        Over here we too have our own issues, especially when it comes to poverty and it’s so heartwarming to see ordinary people help out. There’s one such organization here called “The Robin Hood Army” in which volunteers take surplus food from restaurants and distribute it in slum areas.
        It’s all about giving back and I really wish that people would remember this and set up businesses keeping their conscience in mind.

      • It would be nice if they did. I like the idea of the Robin Hood Army. I wish more companies would do something like that. It would help a great many people.

  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Wonderful thing for the landlord to do. So sad there are people living without heat in such cold weather.

  3. Davy D says:

    A nice heartwarming story as we approach Christmas and think about those who are less fortunate.

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