The Christmas Wardrobe
I wasn’t a well-behaved kid. My family has a large selection of horror
stories of me causing
havoc and despair to my sister, my parents, my nan and my dog. One story
gets repeated more than others, and it happened a few days before
Christmas when I was
My mum loved Christmas almost as much as my sister and I. She would
start buying toys,
games and other presents around October time and hide them away, like a
nuts, for Christmas.
My sister and I knew she did this, so the trick was to find where she’d
hidden them and try
to guess what they were. But my mum wasn’t stupid, she wrapped the
presents up in
Christmas paper to hide their identity from us. But the shiny,
attractively coloured paper
only made it more exciting.
This particular year we had no idea where mum had hidden the presents.
All the usual hiding
places had been checked and double checked, in the cupboard under the
stairs, in the garage,
in mum’s clothes’ drawers, out in the shed. My sister had given up. Was
it possible that we
had no presents this year?
I was not ready to call off the search, and with the determination of an
I started to climb, shelf by shelf, the North Face of my parents big
It was three shelves from the top that I finally caught sight of shiny
red wrapping paper. It
was a present! I climbed another shelf. The very top of the wardrobe was
full of colourful gifts.
If I could just climb one more shelf and feel a present...
Wait, something was wrong. The wardrobe was moving. This shouldn’t
happen! I felt myself
falling back, slowly. I held tightly to the wardrobe as it came with me
to the floor. Crash! My
dad came running upstairs. He said nothing. Just left me there under the
wardrobe, all his
clothes, shoes, underwear, the presents, everything had been scattered
around the bedroom.
He turned and slowly walked downstairs, out of the door and down the
road to the local pub.
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