For the past few years I have written a short story as a way of thanking my many friends on here.
Here is this years story which I hope you will enjoy, Brian.
The Young Girl and The Elderly Chemist
It was about four weeks to Christmas and the elderly chemist was standing behind the counter pricing up some new stock when the door of his shop opened. A young girl came and stood in front of him. He said, “And how can I help you miss”. She replied, “You have a big red box of soaps and things in the front window and I was wondering how much it cost’s please”. He replied, “That one cost £9.99”. The young girls face fell as she said, “Oh. That’s more than I can afford”. The chemist said thoughtfully, “Is that going to be a present for your mother”? and the young girl nodded her head. He thought for a minute before saying, “There may be a way that you can buy that box. You see someone in here earlier lost their wallet and has offered a reward of £10 to the person who finds it”. The girl said, “I have hurried home from school today so mum won’t be expecting me for a few minutes so I can help you look for it if you like”. So together they started searching the shop. After about five minutes she spotted something wedged between two large display boxes and to her delight it turned out to be the missing wallet. The chemist said, “Just goes to show your eyes are sharper than mine for I looked there just a couple of minutes ago”. He took a ten pound note out of the wallet and handed it to her. She handed it straight back and asked if she could buy the box she had mentioned earlier. As he took it out the window, he asked if she had thought about how she would get it home without her mother noticing. She replied she had two bags; one for her sandwiches and one for her homework in which she would put the present so she could easily smuggle it upstairs. The chemist’s wife now appeared and said, “if you hand it to me, I will wrap it for you, young lady”. The man said, “My wife is very good at wrapping presents up”.
One evening a few days before Christmas, the chemist happened to look out of his shop window when he noticed a lot of the villagers, both young and old assembling outside of his shop. He called out to his wife who at first thought he was pulling he leg; something he was always doing. Finally, he persuaded her and standing beside him, she said, “Your right”. Just then there was a loud knocking on their front door. On opening it, he found the chairman of the village committee standing there. At that precise moment his wife joined him and the villagers started singing, “O come all ye faithful”. The whole of the junior school was in the front row and he and his wife really enjoyed the performance. When they had finished, the chairman said, “We have come here tonight to say a big thank you to you and your wife. You have served this community for more years than I can remember, working 5 ½ day per week and also working late every Friday and never taking a holiday. But that’s not the only reason we are here. You see word has spread about the all the charity you have extended to the young people of this close-knit community, especially around Christmas time, over the years. You have tried hard to hide it, but people talk and word gets around given time. We have someone who has asked a few questions of you and your wife over the last few weeks and has found you love pantomimes and we already know you love children. So, the local junior school together with the local amateur dramatic society are doing a special pantomime for you tomorrow evening. You will be picked up by a chauffeur driven limousine and taken to the village hall for the pantomime and afterwards you will be driven to a top-class restaurant for a meal. It’s our way of saying thank you, and to let you know how much the locals love you and your dear wife”. The crowd now all started clapping and cheering and there were tears forming in the old man’s eyes. He was virtually speechless so it was left to his good lady to say a few words. She said, “Thank you all so much for this; it is so appreciated. I have been married to my husband for more years than I care to admit and I have to tell you, I have loved every moment. I couldn’t wish for a more kind, generous, caring and sympathetic man than the one I have. It has also been our pleasure to serve our community for all these years. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. This is the best Christmas present you could ever have given us”.
Just goes to prove, good deeds don’t go unnoticed and the chemist and his wife did indeed have the best Christmas for many years.