The Red Watch
It was November 1979. The children in Conche would be getting excited for the first fall of snow and the coming of another Christmas season.
In Conche the children played and ran freely all year long. They made fun things to do whatever the season was. In summer children played for hours along the beaches with homemade wooden boats and skipping rocks on the ocean. In the winter dads would make wooden sleighs and kids would spend many evenings till dark enjoying fresh fallen snow on the hills while sliding.
Laura, a little nine-year-old, was one of many children who enjoyed her evenings after school. She would often go to her Nan’s General Store. Her Nan loved for her grandchildren to stop in and get a little snack after a long day of school. Some days they got to pick out candy from the candy section.
It was the time of the year when the shop got filled with wonderful Christmas presents and lots of decorations.
Children talked about their hopes and dreams of what they would like to get from Santa Claus. One day Laura seen a beautiful red watch at her Nan’s shop. She loved it; it was so beautiful Laura thought to herself, “I wish Santa would give this to me”. She thought maybe if she prayed hard enough God would let Santa Claus know what she had wished for.
Laura prayed every night for the watch before she fell off to sleep and every morning in church before she went to school. Laura could think of nothing else only the red watch. She had told her mom about this beautiful watch she had seen at her Grandmother’s store, she dearly loved it.
She tried to keep it a secret in fear that one of her friends would buy the watch.
About a week before Christmas on her way home from school she dropped into her grandma’s store and the watch was gone. She had thought, “Oh my goodness, where’s the watch? Who had bought it?” That night Laura was very sad and fell asleep thinking, “Did Santa actually magically come to my Nan’s store and get me the watch? I wonder if one of my friends had wanted it.”
All week long she had been thinking about what happened to the watch and who had bought it? Laura was so sad to see it gone she really didn’t know what to think.
Finally it was Christmas Eve. Laura went to church with her family. After church she came home and hurried to bed as she couldn’t wait for Santa to come. On Christmas morning when she woke she opened all her Christmas presents.
She didn’t have the red watch — she was devastated, but then she seen one more present with her name on it. It was from her Grandmother. She opened it up. It had a pair of pants, a blouse and at the very bottom there was the red watch from her Grandmother’s general store. She was so happy, she looked up in the sky and said thank you God for hearing my prayer.
This is the story of the red watch that was told to me by my Mom — I hope you enjoy it.