I remember Mom pouring Joy
dishwashing liquid, making bubbles
like cover the tub ornamental snow.
That night before Christmas, we hung
a stocking by the welcoming door, no
chimney for Santa’s rooftop entrance.
I remember when I slid into a bubbly tub,
toes pointed, hoping to touch the faucet
—December 23rd birthday “big girl” wish—
but not that soapy eve, maybe next year.
Lacking patience, I blew sudsy bubbles off
fingertips, glittering balls danced in the air.
I remember when I heard footsteps echo
on the roof, “Ho, ho, ho,” sang in the air.
Momma flew out of the bathroom, bells
jingled. She returned declaring, “Santa
and his reindeer are on the roof.” Towel
drying excitement—front door slammed.
I remember when I saw a dollhouse, with little
lamps lit in furnished rooms—dream come true.
Momma said, “I think Santa stopped on our roof
first because he knew Daddy had to go to work.”
I couldn’t wait to tell the kids at school, our house
had to be Santa’s first stop. Oh, what a Christmas!
April Ryan is a retired Seattle Metro driver and an actively working writer/poet.
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