posted on Sep, 13 2009 @ 11:20 PM
We have always had Christmas at Mom and Dad's house.....every year as far back as I can remember. Mom and Dad moved to Uvalde several years ago after
Mom retired, but Dad still drives a truck all over the country. He and Mom can only stand each other for about two weeks at any one time anyway.
Brandon and I finished wrapping the presents, and busied ourselves around the house. It was only a few minutes before Mom and Jenna showed up.
"Hey sweetie, I'm so glad you and your brother could make it this year"
"She's still out at the car trying to get presents together, can you go and give her a hand Lake?"
It was particularly cold this year.....not like last year, I wore shorts on Christmas Day! Typical Texas weather.....if you don't like it, just stick
around 15 minutes or so and it will change! It was nice to have cold weather at the holiday's, it made Christmas feel like it should, so I was not
"Need a hand with those sis?"
"Well of course, unless you just want me to leave yours in the car!"
"Ha Ha, very funny.....see if I get you anything next year!"
We still had a couple of hours before Dad was supposed to be there, so we got busy making dinner. It was the first time in a while since we had all
got together for a real family dinner. Brandon, my Sister, and I all lived in El Paso, Texas. After Mom retired, and she and Dad moved to Uvalde, all
three of us stayed behind and decided to try and make a life for ourselves.
I got a mediocre job, nothing to really write home about. Brandon, well let's just say that he has always been the wanderer. Mom and Dad were not
real happy with the career path that Jenna had chosen. Jenna had been mixed up with the wrong crowd since high school, and never really got away from
them. Once Mom and Dad were out of the picture, Jenna took a job at a strip club in nearby Las Cruces, New Mexico. She made decent money there, with
the college crowd and all, but I always worry about her. She was putting herself through school to be an RN (not unlike many other girls). She really
enjoys helping people, and figured it would be a way to give back. I will be glad when she finishes, so she can get away from that club!
Dad arrived right on cue, and came in ready to eat.
"Man, it is crazy out there! The roads are in terrible shape, but our fellow Texans seem to be driving crazier than usual! So what's for
"Sterling, you have not even said hello to your kids yet!" Mom said.
"Sorry bout that guys, guess I let my stomach over rule my manners. How is everyone?"
We sat down to eat, and talked all about the usual things that families talked about. I knew it was coming....then, just as if he had read my mind,
Brandon started to talk.
"So, has anyone heard the latest about the Stephenville UFO?"
Dad immediately piped in, "Brandon, I am really not in the mood to hear about some hair brained UFO story that you read about on the 'best' cutting
edge UFO and Conspiracy site that is on the web. Seriously, when are you gonna give that stuff up?"
"Dad, it's something that I enjoy. Besides, someone has to keep up with UFO's, and the Government!"
Now he had Dad's attention. "And what is it exactly that you plan to do with all the information that you gather?"
"You never know....some of the stuff I have may come in useful one day. Just drop it Dad, we can talk about something else."
The rest of dinner was uneventful, and we moved on to opening presents early. Like alot of families this year, it seemed that we had a little more
money, and with that came other parties and other places to be on the actual day of Christmas. So we, like many other families, were having an early
Mom and Dad got me some new survival gear, I really loved the outdoors and hiking. that was another thing that living in El Paso offered me. i always
had somewhere to go hiking.....either the desert mountains, or the forests not too far away in New Mexico. I got Brandon some book on 'the secret
shadow government'....right up his alley. He loved it. Jenna got the usual, clothes....and more clothes. We all pitched in (except for Brandon of
course) and got Mom and Dad a brand new flat screen TV for the house.
After all the festivities were over, we all helped with the cleanup and said our goodbye's. The three of us were headed back to El Paso, and Mom and
Dad would be left to their ritual solitude that they enjoyed so much out there in the country. I had my girlfriend Harley to get back to, as well as
friends and co-workers parties to get ready for. Jenna had to work right after the holiday's, and Brandon had to get back to what he does
best......being a conspiracy nut and a government watchdog (now, if he could just get paid for it!)
Looking back now, that was one of the last times we really sat as a family in a world that was still intact. Little did we know it, but things were
changing in the world.
We would all know about it......soon enough.
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