And so it was that a few days before Christmas, Emmaline and I heard a knock at the door. When we opened it, there stood Kaybe, Zeeruba and young Reebie Their Erector set arms were loaded with bright, beautifully wrapped packages. Some of the packages shone with a cosmic glow, while some others hummed, beeped or whistled quietly. We invited them to stay at our house for the holidays. After they got settled in, we all went down to the Enchantment for a soft drink. A big holiday party was in full swing. Four Finger Fannie took the night off from waiting tables and joined in the fun. Miniature Mike and Harry the Hulk and the other space aliens welcomed us. We sang (and beeped and telepathed, and in other ways communicated carols and songs of the holidays. And, cliché or not, the phrase fits: “A good time was had by all.” And that, in cosmic terms, is a great deal indeed.
Dr. Larry Day is a retired foreign correspondent and KU J-School professor. He is now the author of countless short stories and the author of Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia available on Amazon.