Publisher: Outskirts Press (2009)
Pages: 58 (Paperback)
As Rosa sits alone in her room, her eyes wander to a picture of her beloved daddy, and she is instantly taken way back to a time full of happiness when she lived at home with her parents and siblings in Philadelphia.
She recalls Christmases past full of laughter, storytelling and reminiscing, when her daddy would tell the same funny stories again and again, and no-one tired of hearing them. All the children knew that Santa would decorate their Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve but one Christmas morning .........
Rosa woke too early. Rushing down the stairs to find the lights on and daddy decorating the tree. Rosa froze right there on the stairs. Daddy froze too........even now that made her smile as daddy had that deer in the headlights look. It took a quick minute, but daddy replied, "Santa is running late and he called and asked me to start decorating the tree." Rosa was relieved to hear that and knew that daddy was glad to help Santa ...... he helped everyone. Happily Rosa went to her room and before long was sound asleep once more.
I loved that story, I think it summed up the whole book for me as it was filled with little happy tales like that that make you smile, in fact it reminded me very much of watching The Waltons when I was a little girl. One big happy family who all looked out for one another and nothing too bad happened.
Around halfway through the book I started thinking that it was too sweet, that everything was too perfect, but then as I read on, Rosa got older and her life didn't always go according to plan when she got married and had a family.
Her love for her mother and especially her Daddy comes through very strongly throughout the book and, to Rosa, he was her hero.
When looking back over the years I think we do mostly remember the good times only and we do tend to see life through rose-coloured glasses just as Rosa did.
I really loved reading these heart-warming anecdotes and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed watching The Waltons!
TITLE: WHEN THAT DAY COMES
AUTHOR: LOUISE ALBERTO McATEE