A New Yo-Yo on Christmas Day by Donal Mahoney

FH020017A New Yo-Yo on Christmas Day

I took grandson Jack
for a walk in the park
high noon on Christmas Day.
He wanted to see 
his yo-yo dance
but his parents said
no yo-yo tricks
in a crowded house
with a Christmas tree.
 
So after Mass
they wrapped Jack up 
in a snowsuit worn
by the Michelin Man
when he was a child.
And Jack and I 
strolled off, laughing 
through the snow.
The park was empty 
when I showed Jack 
yo-yo tricks I’d learned
many decades ago.
I told him he would
soon be tall enough 
to do these tricks
on his own.
 
Jack laughed and asked
if we could come back
to the park that night
and watch the comets.
I asked him why. 
That’s when I learned 
comets are yo-yos and 
God swings their strings
on the other side
of the moon.
Donal Mahoney
 
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The writer may be unusual in that he still thinks more
about his children than his grandchildren on Christmas Day
in that he still worries about his children, parents themselves
now, which enables him simply to enjoy his grandchildren,
even those who live too far away for him to see on such 
an important day.
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