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Mr. Goober. (Part Two)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, December 09, 2011

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A young boy continues his tale about his next door neighbor, Mr. Goober.

With Christmas coming up fast, I am doing all I possibly can to help Mr. Goober out, especially when his grandkids are over for a visit.

I know that the holidays are hardest for him.  Mr. Goober lost his wife, Bettie, two years ago to diabetes and lung and heart problems.  I am sure he misses her very much, so I have been doing all I can to keep his mind busy, be it watching his grandchildren while the adults (the kids' mothers and fathers) are talking, raking his lawn, or picking up trash and stuff. 

I even helped decorate his house for Christmas, but he told me not to put up the tree.  He says he is doing good having the outside lights rigged up, but he says no tree because it only upsets him.  He told me Bettie loved the tree the most and right now he can't deal with it.  It makes him miss his wife even more.

There have been days where I've gone over to see my neighbor and he's been crying.  I feel so bad for him.  I can't imagine what he must be going through.  He and Bettie had been married over 40 years when Bettie got sick and then died.

I wish I could do something extra special to help Mr. Goober get through the holidays, but he says don't make any special fuss.  Well, I have to do something: I hate seeing Mr. Goober so sad!

I have been thinking of having Mr. Goober come over to our house for Christmas dinner.  I have talked to my parents about it and they say it is a wonddrful idea.  So it looks like we will have an extra place at our table for our Christmas dinner.

I don't mind, though.  I love Mr. Goober like a second grandpa and I am sure he thinks highly of me too, seeing that I enjoy helping him whenever it is needed.

Of course, I haven't told Mr. Goober of my plan yet.  That's a secret.

I also got Mr. Goober something for Christmas: a Bible.  The Bible he has with him is all worn and some of the pages are starting to come out.  He definitely is way overdue for a new one.

I am sure Mr. Goober will like it.  He has his Bible with him at all times.

I am glad Mr. Goober has faith in God, but I know the holidays must be murder for him; otherwise why would he be so sad??

In addition to the Christmas dinner and the new Bible, I am planning on inviting Mr. Goober to church this Sunday.  Our church will be having their Children's Christmas Cantata this coming Sunday and the Sunday after, the eighteenth, it will be the adult's Christmas Cantata.  I am sure he will enjoy that as well. 

Well, I have to go.  I'm at school as I write this, and it's almost time to go to my next class, which is Drama.  I will write in here again soon another time; if I don't do so before Christmas, let me wish you and yours the best Christmas EVER!  I know for a fact that Mr. Goober will have a good one, only he doesn't know about my plans just yet.  Boy, will HE ever be surprised! :)

~To be continued.~

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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 12/10/2011
How nice to have a wonderful, loving neighbor boy and his family in time of need.
Good continuation , Karen
Your friend in Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/10/2011
Enjoyed this continuing tale, Karen. Nicely done.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/9/2011
Karen this is awesome keep them coming!!!
In Christs Love
Reviewed by richard cederberg 12/9/2011
Enjoyed Karen. And congrats on almost 6,500 titles. Gotta be an AD record. Happy holidays ... richard
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/9/2011
I hope this young neighbor is able to bring a smile to Mr. Goober's face. Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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