Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Christmas Bear Speaks
An ALARM CLOCK! A frigging ALARM CLOCK!
All I wanted was a bit of time off, some quiet, to catch up on my sleep, but no such luck.
No, that Hare would only go and wake me up. And why? To see a tree with a couple of lights on it.
Seriously? Is that it?
I've spent years travelling the wild forest; endless, countless green trees reaching up to a moonlit sky, with the flames of the aurora flashing across the sky. Now that is a sight worth seeing.
"Well now you're up" said the Hare. "You can help out."
So I wrote what felt like hundreds of cards, wrapped dozens of presents, cleaned and pealed the potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sprouts, put the stuffing in the Turkey (poor bastard), basted the roast, prepared the onion sauce.....
Then there was the moment for the Christmas Spirit to bring in the presents, which I'd imagine I'd do rather well, but the Hare said it was speciest for the Bear to play that part so the Hare did it while I brought in more firewood.
After dinner the Hare went off for a snooze but I had to entertain the smaller animals, which left my fur sticky and smelling funny.
Then the Hare came back refreshed with a new list of tasks to do.
I could see outside the sky crisp with stars, one of those magical nights promising shooting stars, and I wished I was out there. Or asleep.
An ALARM CLOCK! A frigging ALARM CLOCK!!