Ok, so I definitely don’t win a Mother of the Year award this year. Why, you might ask? Well, each year as the month of December rolls around a happy little elf named Peppy Sparkle Toes pays us a visit. He stays with us all month as our guest. He watches by day and flits from room to room each night, reporting back to Santa—whether we’ve been bad or good.
This year, as December rolled around and the children were all snug in their beds, I crept into my closet and reached into the secret hiding spot to retrieve Peppy. To my utter shock and dismay, my hand felt… nothing! Nothing? Nothing! Oh where, oh where did he go?? I ripped by closet apart. Nothing. I honestly don’t know how I slept that night.
The next morning, December 1, the children came bounding down the stairs squealing: “Peppy!”
They searched high and low but did not find him anywhere. I had a huge knot in my stomach.
“Maybe Peppy got caught in a snow storm,” I tried to fake them out.
My youngest must have gone to check the mailbox at least 10 times that day. Nothing.
I sent my husband out to search three different stores for an elf that looked remotely similar to our Peppy. Nothing.
I frantically sent out texts to friends and family with a photo of Peppy asking if anyone had an elf that looked anything like our Peppy. To my utter amazement, my sister texted me a photo with the words “Will this do?” It wasn’t Peppy, but it could easily pass for a sibling or one of his kind! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Dianne!
Today, a few days into December, a happy little elf named Fizbee Sugarplum arrived!
Fizbee Sugarplum was hanging around the mailbox with the following note attached:
Hi MacArthur Family!
I hope you had a good year. I had a very good year!
I have been given a new job. I am now an Elf Trainer! Yes, this is very happy and exciting news indeed!
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to watch over your family this year. But, do not worry, I have chosen the perfect little elf to watch over you all.
I would like to introduce you to Fizbee Sugarplum. Please be patient with him if he messes up here and there. He is one of our youngest elves. 22 Flowers Crescent is the first home he has ever been sent to watch over. You are his first family!
Wishing you all a very special Christmas.
Peppy Sparkle Toes
The children were so excited to find that an elf had arrived from the North Pole that they got over the fact that it wasn’t Peppy pretty quickly.
Thank goodness for small miracles. Now, if only I could remember where I put Peppy… He’s bound to turn up sometime…
Thanks for stopping by,