The first of many Christmas references in ‘Papa, Where Are You?’
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“After all the other gifts had been placed back under the tree, we prepared for Christmas dinner. Uncle Albert had a roast cooking, surrounded by carrots and potatoes in the big roaster pan. The smell drifted all over the house.
Grandmother and Uncle Albert tended to the kitchen while Aunt Marianne and I set the table. Papa sat by the tree, drumming his fingers on the arm of the chair. Nearby, Julie sat on the floor and entertained the baby with her new doll.
I was inserting red cloth napkins into the family’s set of silver engraved napkin rings when I came across Mama’s. I sighed as I placed it back in the box and looked at Papa. “Can I get you anything?” I asked. “A glass of water maybe?” He shook his head without taking his eyes from Julie and Teddy. I wanted to cry because it made me sadder to see him so sad.
“I need a roast carver,” Uncle Albert bellowed from the kitchen. Papa looked relieved as he escaped to the kitchen.
Aunt Marianne took Grandmother’s prized Christmas cactus from its perch by the window and placed it on the dinner table. With its little pink flowers, it made a lovely centerpiece. She then gathered holly leaves and berries from outside the front door and scattered them around the cactus. Red tapered candles in silver candlesticks completed the setting.
Dinner was delicious. But it was the worst Christmas of my young life. I just wanted my mama back. . .”