'Twas a week before Christmas, and I could not believe
that no baking was done so close to the Eve;
The stockings were hung and a gift or two wrapped,
Still too much to do and my energy's zapped.
Most people were sleeping all snug in their beds,
while I, with the stress, thought of upping my meds;
A present for Dad is still left to buy,
"but what do I get him?" I thought with a sigh,
When out in the yard there arose such a clatter,
I ran from the kitchen to see what was the matter.
The screeching was loud, a thud then a thump
and it sounded like something was fixin'* to tump*,
The ice on the road was as black as the night
and gave all the drivers a terrible fright
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus in the ditch by the mailbox...how queer,
With an old lady driver confused in the seat
she'd run over the mailbox without missing a beat.
Skidding and sliding and stopped with a thud,
I could see that her bus was now stuck in the mud,
"Excuse me, I'm sorry, I ran quite off course !"
"Oh, and for your mailbox...I give my remorse..."
"It's alright I said, it'll stand back up straight,"
"I'm just happy you avoided a slightly worse fate."
As rain swirled about, (no we just don't get snow,)
We pondered on how to get her bus to go,
After much consternation, unstuck she came,
And no we did not file an insurance claim,
Then, there she went, quickly down the road,
Driving away in her over-sized load,
As I waved goodbye and was turning around,
I heard from inside a slight ringing sound.
The cookies I'd left in the oven to bake!
I'd forgotten about them! What a mess this would make!
The smell of burned baked goods soon filled my nose,
And smoke from the oven, oh how it rose,
A Christmas time fire, my that seems merry,
Unless it's unplanned, and then it's just scary!
I threw on my mitt and the oven door braved
And thought to myself, "can these cookies be saved?"
"I'll ice them," I said, "then they'll be fine,"
That slight smoky flavor will be nice with wine,
Of course the frosting would just be a cinch,
Except there's no sugar, who's been here? The Grinch?
"Ah the old standby" I said satisfied,
as canned Betty Crocker I quickly applied,
A sprinkle or two and no one would know,
of my near disaster with sugary dough,
I packaged them up and took them to work,
everyone liked them, from the boss to the clerk,
With crumbs just remaining, the office well fed,
my holiday plans had not ended in dread,
A few days to go I thought with a smirk,
Me, I'm just ready to head home from work,
"BYE!" I exclaim, as I drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, bake some cookies tonight."
*thems is Southern words y'all!