In Which Yaya Writes

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Message to Readers

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

maybe i can bring you christmas

November 14, 2020


‘tis the most wonderful time of the year 
for us atleast 
but what of others? 
what of the children who spend their christmas in war-ridden villages mud up to their ankles roofs collapsing above their sleeping heads strange men come to kill and take their brothers as soldiers? 
in famines dust caught in their eyes clogging their throats their bellies more empty than the ordinary child? 
with extremists banging on their door and demanding them recant and join their bloody cause? 
with governments that take and steal then say no this is good as their own people starve and die? 
where is their christmas? 
yes, my darling. 
i see you there my age huddled in a corner out in field carrying a brother caring for a mother. 
i see your mind push christmas to the back as problems rush to the front with every ticking second.
maybe i can bring you christmas. 
maybe, just maybe. 
i can bring you joy. 
maybe i’ll give you a puzzle to do when you’re bored. 
and a pen and paper pad to write on complete with a merry christmas message and perhaps a star. 
maybe i’ll give you a pair of sunglasses to wear when you’re feeling fancy the style i like because if i can’t wear them you can.
or a mermaid pen that changes colors to bring out the whimsical within you. 
perhaps i’ll give you a toothbrush pack of floss and some underwear because let’s face it those are an uncommon necessity. 
oh and a beanie boo with big eyes to curl up with at night. 
and a fluffy christmas stuffed animal to celebrate with you. 
would you like a pack of scrunchies to wear in your hair or on your wrist? 
here’s some bracelets to remind you of Jesus wherever you go. 
perhaps you’d like a hawaiin  style necklace with flowers for any time of day.
maybe a coloring book and crayon to finish it off which you can color whenever you’d like. 
I know that at christmas i need only make a list of things i like and i’ll have piles of presents. 
coloring utensils books pillows stuffed animals fuzzy socks new clothes and everything in between. 
our grandparents aunts and uncles will hand over whatever we ask or something close to it. 
yet you get nothing. 
so i will bring you something wrapped in a shoebox.
12 girls across the world. 
united by the gifts we give and receive. 
our hearts warm and our teeth show as we smile. 
we are all different colors ages sizes and come from different backgrounds yet we will come together on this infamous day. 
we will listen to that wondrous  gospel story and we will be reminded of the true meaning of christmas. 
yes yes oh yes. 
maybe i can bring you christmas. 
Word Count: 473

Ok, so I am slightly annoyed that it seems that everyone of skipping Thanksgiving because no one’s grateful anymore and that’s why our world is heading towards the dumps, but this happened today and I wanted to write a poem about it.
Today we packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, which sends Christmas presents to children in need. It really is special, getting to send a Christmas present to someone who probably wouldn’t have had one otherwise. 
There were 11 boxes in the 10-14 yrs, girl category (my category) which is mainly what this is about. My church packed a total of 75 boxes, give or take a few. 
The point of this is that many of us are very privileged in the area of gifts, at least compared to children living in third world countries, and that sometimes we need to help them in ways they can’t help themselves. And it’s fun! I had a wonderful time picking all of these things out and setting up the table (even though I had to go back in and fix some boxes because apparently people can’t follow written our instructions) and thinking of where these boxes will go.
I might be able to track these boxes, and if I can, I’ll repost with the places the boxes went. 
Thank you for reading! 


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  • Bhavya's Treasure

    This is so thoughtful! The little little details, soft toys, toothbrushes, bracelets, mermaid pens.... Ah!
    After performing this noble deed, you must be feeling like Christmas, no? :D

    Also, this piece of yours reminded me of an episode in the 'Little Women' when four girls give away all their food on Christmas to a poor lady and her emaciated kids with blue lips.
    And well, Merry Christmas! :D

    6 months ago
  • Stone of Jade

    aww i love this. and that verse in your message board is one of my favs. this piece is so powerful! Thank you for writing it <3

    6 months ago
  • Quiet One

    This is so inspirational and touching! You and everyone involved in this operation are so heroic for making poor children happy these holidays! It’s heartwarming to hear that such wonderful things are happening in times like this.
    Re: Thank you so much for the kind comment on my piece! I’m planning on expanding the story later, so you will get to hear the rest of Nothing’s tale!

    6 months ago
  • Rohan’s Defender

    Re: thank you so much! I’m so happy it’s relatable; I feel like singing is just another way I can express myself. Different from writing, but equally as effective. For me, writing is more if I need to process thoughts and singing is more if I need to process emotions. But thank you! And I’m sure you did amazing with the song!
    And yes it’s really amazing to do OCC. I really love licking things out and imagining how some kid somewhere else will receive something they need that I picked out and hand packed. It’s incredible. And it helps us realize just how blessed we are with everything we have. <33

    6 months ago
  • Busssy.Beee

    I'm like Anne Blackwood. I've also been doing Operation Christmas Child for what seems like my whole life. So relatable and sweet!!

    6 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Oh my I knew this was about OCC as soon as I started reading it! I've been packing shoeboxes since I was little, and now my parents are OCC leaders at my church. I love this piece!

    6 months ago
  • Emi

    I love Operation Shoebox! My family and I try to send out a shoebox every year; it's such a great thing to do.

    6 months ago
  • anemoia (#words)

    also, you should hear ben rector's new song "the thanksgiving song" he said in the description on youtube that he hopes it becomes like the official thanksgiving song... because it's the only thanksgiving song XD the music video IS AESTHETIC AND COZY!

    6 months ago
  • anemoia (#words)

    this brought tears to my eyes

    6 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Re: Thank you so much! You're right :P I didn't really think about the whole "excerpt" thing when writing.... whoops! It's fine! It's mean it is a contraction for 'it is', and its is just....its! :PPPP When you try to figure out which one to use, if you use it's, say it is. Ex "it's a beautiful day. It is a beautiful day." and the wrong use for it would be something like "I love it's hairstyle. I love it is hairstyle." See how that sounds wrong? Use its whenever it's sounds wrong. Hopefully that helps :P Oh yeahhh!

    6 months ago
  • Rohan’s Defender

    YESSS!! I love doing these with my GS troop! It’s so amazing to pick things out for them and knowing you get to make a difference in their life. It’s an incredible experience! This. Is. An. Amazing. Piece. Thank you for writing this!

    6 months ago