Thanksgiving Day dawned cold but clear on “Can Do” Street.
When Willie and Nellie made their way down the stairs for breakfast, Grandma Hattie was already hard at work in the kitchen getting the turkey ready to go in the oven for dinner later that day. Grandpa Dooley was busy flipping pancakes for breakfast. He knew how Willie and Nellie loved them.
Willie and Nellie ate in silence. Grandma and Grandpa gave each other knowing looks. Holidays were hard for Willie and Nellie with their mom in the military. She couldn’t always get leave on the holidays to be with them.
Grandma Hattie gently reminded them that it was time to change into their costumes for the Thanksgiving pageant at the “Can Do” Street Community Center.
Willie and Nellie nodded and got up from the table to go up stairs and dress.
A few minutes later, they came down in their pilgrim costumes. Grandma Hattie could see Nellie had tears in her eyes. She gave her a hug and Nellie said, “I wish momma could see me in the play.” Grandma nodded and said, “I know child. Your mom will home soon, but for now you need to think about the Thanksgiving pageant. It is almost time to leave.”
Willie and Nellie played their parts as Pilgrim children so well that Miss Sue called them back on stage at the end of the show to take an extra bow. Then she told them she had a surprise for them. Just as she said that, their mom popped out from behind the stage curtain. She was still in her uniform. She came right from the airport to see them in the Thanksgiving pageant.
Everyone in the audience stood up and cheered as Willie and Nellie hugged and kissed their mom over and over again.