by April Lang
Like most kids, I’d always wanted a puppy. I’d wanted a puppy right up to the Christmas morning of my fifth year. Running into the living room, softly aglow from the bubbling lights on our decorated green tree, I looked eagerly around. No puppy. Each other wonderful present I opened still seemed a little disappointing, until finally my daddy said, “What’s that? Did you hear something?” Listening hard, we heard a faint jingling. “It sounds like it’s coming from my kitchen,” my mama said. “I’ll go see,” said Daddy. “There’s a chimney in there, too,” Mama hinted, while I waited wideeyed. Daddy returned carrying a bulky bundle loosely swathed in white tissue paper and set it down for me. The tissue paper concealing its mysterious contents trembled, and from within it came the jingling we’d barely heard before.
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Tearing the tissue paper open, I found an adorable fluffy black and white puppy, looking up at me with dark brown eyes. Her tongue reached out to my chin for a kiss as her tail wagged the rest of the tissue apart. I scooped her up into my arms and into my heart, my very first puppy, named for that merry little symbol of Christmas Santa had attached to her collar: Jingle Bell.
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