He’s Leaving Home

Sidey’s Weekend Theme is “A Christmas Story”. I do a story each Christmas Day (and am currently struggling my way through this year’s), but here is a short one…

He had never seen his Dad so nervous, fussing over him as he prepared to leave.
“Make sure to wrap up warm,” said Dad.
“Dad, it’s near the equator down there,” he said, “I won’t even need a coat.”
“No, I suppose not,” said Dad. “It’s just because it’s December, I wasn’t really thinking. What are you going to do for money?”
“Oh, I’ll find a job,” he said. “Some sort of trade, perhaps.”
“And, er, about girls…” began Dad.
He smiled. His Dad knew pretty well everything about everything, except women. He was not alone among Dads in this. “Are you seriously going to give me the “birds and the bees” speech?”
Dad grinned too, his old, old face wrinkling as he did so. “I suppose you reckon you know it all. The younger generation always do.”
“Don’t worry, Dad,” he said. “I’ll behave myself.”
Dad smiled again. “That’s my boy,” he said.
They heard a blaring sound, like a fanfare of trumpets, or a taxi with a really tacky car-horn. “Guess I’d better be off, then,” he said.
They hugged, in the awkward way that men have.
“Look after your mother,” said Dad.
“Of course I will,” said Jesus. He shrunk to the size of a tiny baby, yet with a look of infinite wisdom in his eyes, then vanished.
“Goodbye, Son,” said God softly. “Christmas won’t be the same here without you.”

8 thoughts on “He’s Leaving Home

    1. Tinman Post author

      Golly, Sue Ann, how did you find this story?
      I don’t know if I can submit it – are you allowed to even if you’ve had it on your blog?
      I love it enter it somewhere, it’s one of my own favourites among my stories.

      1. sueannporter1

        Hey there Tinman,
        What I do is, if I submit it somewhere I take it down off my blog. Lots of places don’t care if it’s on your blog–but every place is different. I would say check out their submission guidelines, and go for it. It’s a great story!! Many places take stories you have also submitted elsewhere.. I forget the term for it, I think it’s like ‘simultaneous submission” or something.
        On a personal note, I am also a life-long fighter of Depression. I am glad I found your site.
        Sue Ann

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