- Molly’s cookie tins smell amazing.
- Molly makes the best shortbread. She always makes a special batch for Jessie with applesauce in them.
- Molly is sweet and kind. she always stops to pet and hug Jessie.
- Molly makes Jessie warm clothes to keep out the winter chill.
- Molly has a bright and warm smile. She lights up the room.
- Molly loves children and does all sorts of volunteer work to help children from around the world.
- Molly loves to laugh at Santa. She gets a twinkle in her eyes just before she teases him.
- Molly is never late with Jessie’s supper.
- Molly likes to go for walks with Jessie and Santa.
- Molly smells like lavender and roses.
- Molly plays ball with Jessie for hours on end.
- When Jessie is sad Molly tries to cheer her up.
August the 6th is national Wiggle Your Toes Day and Santa is having a party on the warm summer sands of lake Huron. He’s put together a celebration where the elves must design pictures in the sand by using only their toes. Santa has brought Jessie along to wander the beach and have fun playing in the surf.
Jessie wandered the shoreline for most of the morning dashing after seagulls and rolling in the sand. About noon her stomach began to get rumbly and she returned to Santa’s tent on the beach to get a snack and see the pictures the elfves were making.
Jessie skipped along the dunes spraying sand to her sides. As she rounded the corner to Santa’s tent she unintentionally sprayed sand on Poppy the elf’s display. Poppy wrinkled her nose and called to the dog. “Jessie, look what you’ve done. I’ll have to start again.”
Jessie’s ears flopped down and she began a slow walk over to Poppy. She looked at the ground and stopped just below Poppy’s feet.
Poppy looked down at the dog and her heart melted. “It’s okay, Jessie. Maybe you can help me with my design.” Poppy looked at the trail the dog had left behind her. “Your paws make interesting designs in the sand. Let’s work together.”
Jessie barked and sat up straight waiting for Poppy to tell her where to move. Poppy laughed and told Jessie to walk to the right and to stop by the old piece of drift wood.
Jessie did as she was asked and sat quietly until Poppy told her to move in a different direction. Soon, Poppy and Jessie had laid out a design of a Christmas tree in the sand. Jessie’s paw prints were the ornaments hanging from the tree and Poppy’s toe prints were the branches.
Satisfied Poppy patted the dog and sat down on a beach blanket to wait for the judging of the pictures. She fed Jessie a biscuit just as Santa and Molly came by to judge the sand creation.
“Why, Poppy. This is very well done and I see you’ve had some help!” said Molly with a smile.
Jessie barked and wagged her tail.
“You’re the last to be judged and in this case I guess we’ve saved the best for last. You’ve won the blue ribbon. Here’s one for you Poppy and Jessie I’ll pin yours on your collar.”
Molly waited for the dog to come close and then bent down. She gently attached the blue ribbon to Jessie’s collar and then stroked the fur. “It’s nice to see you stayed out of trouble today.”
Poppy grinned at Jessie and Jessie hid her head in the sand.
“Oh, so you did get in trouble. Well it all worked out in the end. Happy National Wiggle Your Toes Day, Jessie. Now let’s go get lunch.”
“I do, again.” Santa slid the anniversary ring onto Molly’s finger and gave her a quick kiss. It was Santa and Molly’s 75th wedding anniversary and to celebrate all of their friends and family had come to witness the pair getting remarried.
Jessie was standing in the front row thumping her tail on the floor. She barked excitedly as the crowd cheered when the celebrant announced Santa and Molly as being remarried. She hurried forward and licked first Santa and Molly across the face.
“Thank-you, girl. Now, go amuse yourself but don’t get into trouble.” Santa petted the dog’s soft black fur and nudged her away from the gathering of people waiting to congratulate him.
Jessie wagged her tail and obediently moved away. Where better, she thought, to amuse herself than by the food table. Someone would surely give her a treat if she looked forlorn enough.
Jessie positioned herself by the roast beef and sat down on the floor waiting for people to serve themselves. It didn’t take long for her to get disappointed when the server said the food wouldn’t be eaten for an hour.
Jessie’s tummy rumbled and she whined. The roast beef looked so good. Santa always shared his meal with her. Surely, he wouldn’t mind if she had a tidbit. Jessie looked in both directions to see if anyone was looking. Everyone was busy at the front of the room around Santa and Molly. Jessie was alone. Jessie quickly opened her mouth and grabbed the end of the closest piece of meat. With one gulp the delicious morsel went into her stomach.
Jessie turned in a circle and wagged her tail. She was still hungry but the table was too high for her to reach any more of the meat. Jessie looked behind her. The servers were popping champagne close to Santa and did not see her. Jessie quickly and quietly jumped up and leaned her front paws on the table. She grabbed another morsel of meat and then reached further in to grab another. The meat had not yet been carved from the roast and would not come loose. Jessie gave a tug. The meat came flying off the table and Jessie lost her footing. She nudged the table and it moved back and forth. At the end of the table the three tier wedding cake rocked.
Jessie whined, lay down and hid her head just as the cake came tumbling down on top of her. Jessie sat enveloped in white fondant and raspberry jam.
There was silence in the room until Santa coughed and moved towards the dog. “Jessie, you do get into trouble. Let’s see what Molly says about this.”
Molly came over to the table. Her eyebrow was raised and a slight smile filled her face. She watched as the dog hid her eyes with her paws. “Well, girl. I’ve heard it’s unlucky to have two wedding cakes anyway. So, I suppose something was bound to happen. Did you enjoy the roast?”
Jessie yipped and wagged her tail.
Molly laughed. ” I guess it’s chicken for the guests tonight. Let’s go to the table where we will be served by the waiters. Maybe, if you’re served a plate you’ll get into less trouble. ”
Jessie raised her foot and looked at Molly and Santa. They were both smiling and did not seem to be concerned she had destroyed their cake. She was lucky, she thought, to have such good friends. Jessie silently toasted her friends happiness . May Santa and Molly stay together forever, thought Jessie and may I be a part of their life for many years to come.
- The green cocoa Ms. Claus serves to the elves. It smells heavenly and because it contains no real chocolate Jessie gets to share.
- Sack races across the manufacturing plant floor.
- The laughter and smiles of the elves at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
- Seeing Santa dressed in a green leather top coat and hat specifically made for the season.
- The tales told by the Irish fairies that visit by Santa’s fire.
- Dancing with Chloe at the Paddy’s day dance.
- Clover Cookies. There almost as good as Molly’s shortbread.
- Irish music. Jessie loves listening to Jaunty tunes.
- A holiday for the North Pole. Santa spends more time at home than he usually does on St. Patrick’s Day.
- The homemade pot of gold in Claus park that actually is an old barbecue. The the elves use to raise money for the local animal shelter.