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    Night Before Christmas Out On The Ranch

    'Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch
    The pond was froze over & so was the branch.
    The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule.
    The kids were all home on vacation from school,
    And happier young folks you never did see-
    Just all sprawled around a-watchin' TV.
    Then suddenly, some time around 8 o'clock,
    There came a surprise that gave them a shock!
    The power went off, the TV went dead!
    When Grandpa came in from out in the shed
    With an armload of wood, the house was all dark.
    "Just what I expected," they heard him remark.
    "Them power line wires must be down from the snow.
    Seems sorter like times on the ranch long ago."
    "I'll hunt up some candles," said Mom. "With their light,
    And the fireplace, I reckon we'll make out all right."
    The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom.
    Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his room,
    Uncased his old fiddle & started to play
    That old Christmas song about bells on a sleigh.
    Mom started to sing, & 1st thing they knew
    Both Pop & the kids were all singing it, too.
    They sang Christmas carols, they sang "Holy Night,"
    Their eyes all a-shine in the ruddy firelight.
    They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth,
    And Pop read a passage from God's Book of Truth.
    They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe,
    The youngsters agreed 'twas a fine Christmas Eve.
    Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn;
    And when the kids wakened, the power was on..
    "The power company sure got the line repaired quick,"
    Said Grandpa - & no one suspected his trick.
    Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun,
    He had pulled the main switch - the old Son-of-a-Gun!
    -anonymous

    LOVE this and wanted to share.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


    True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
    who’s getting the better of the deal.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise

    ~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia


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    Re: Night Before Christmas Out On The Ranch

    Very nice poem Luba. I like it.
    The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to the office. (Robert Frost)

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    Re: Night Before Christmas Out On The Ranch

    Quote Originally Posted by TKDLady View Post
    Very nice poem Luba. I like it.
    Thank you, TK!

    If only more people would follow Grandpa's example and teens would realize how much fun that could be!
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


    True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
    who’s getting the better of the deal.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise

    ~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia


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    Re: Night Before Christmas Out On The Ranch

    Just for old times sake, I thought I would bump this one up again when times seemed really like that.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


    True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
    who’s getting the better of the deal.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise

    ~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia


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