November is here and Thanksgiving is tomorrow. With school out, Sean and the gang decided to go out and play in the big pile of leaves that were in front of their building.
‘No school, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Boy, I can’t wait to dig into my Mom’s favorite turkey dinner.’ Said Ty as he threw himself into the pile. ‘I’m looking just as forward as you are. Every year your mother comes up with something different so I’m looking forward to it. Isn’t that right, Sammy?’ asked Sean as Sammy was swimming through the leaves as if he was underwater. ‘Hey, where did Desi go? She always decides to walk off when we are having the most fun.’ ‘Ty, I thought she was next to you. Sammy did you see where Desi went?’ All Sammy did was point them over to around the corner where he saw Desi go to a few minutes ago.
As the gang got up from the leaves to head around the corner, they found Desi. But she was not alone. ‘Desi, what are you doing and who is that?!’ asked Sean. ‘This is Ralph. I’m giving him my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.’ ‘Desi, that’s a bum. Get away from him. You don’t know where he came from.’ ‘Will you stop being mean, Ty. My Grandma always said to give to those who are less fortunate.’ ‘Well, did she say that included bums?’
‘Ty, I think that’s enough. Desi, let’s go. Just leave him alone. You don’t know where this man came from. Besides, if my Mom sees you talking to him, we’ll both be in trouble because your Grandma left my Mom in care of you till she comes back tomorrow.’ ‘I guess you’re right, Sean. Bye, Ralph!’ shouted Desi as the all went back to the leaf pile. All Ralph did was give a big smile and a goodbye wave.
Later that evening as Ty was coming back from the store, he saw the homeless man, Ralph sitting on the floor at the same place he saw him earlier. So he decided to approach him. ‘Hey Ralph, or whatever your name is. I don’t like bums living next to my building. So you’re going to have to leave or else I’m going to call Officer Kevin on you. Now go! Get out of here!’ shouted Ty as Ralph got scared and ran off.
The following day was Thanksgiving and everyone had rounded up over to Sean’s apartment. Desi’s grandmother had finally made it as well. ‘Grandma! I miss you so much!’ shouted Desi as she ran to give her grandmother a hug. ‘I miss you, too. Have you been behaving?’ ‘Yes, Grandma and I did a good deed yesterday.’ ‘Oh you did? So you went and gave Ralph that sandwich I told you to send to him?’
‘Oh, you’re talking about that bum we saw yesterday? Well, we don’t have to worry about him anymore.’ Said Ty. ‘What are you talking about?’ asked Desi. ‘Last night when I was coming back from the store, I had seen him still there. So I told him to leave or else I was going to call Officer Kevin on him.’ ‘You did what?!’ asked Sean. ‘How could you do that? That’s so mean!’ cried Desi as she ran into the bathroom and locked the door.
‘Ty, Sammy, you’re coming with me.’ said Desi’s grandmother. ‘Where are we going?’ asked Ty. ‘To go look for Ralph. You shouldn’t have done such a thing, Ty. Sean, could you ask your parents of they could watch Desi for me while I go look for Ralph.’ ‘Sure, I’ll tell them.’ Said Sean as Desi’s grandmother, Ty and Sammy left.
A half and hour has passed and they still haven’t found Ralph yet, Ty was beginning to feel bad about what he had done. ‘Desi’s Grandma? I’m sorry for what I’d done. I just thought saw him as a bum. Someone that we didn’t know and my mother had always told me not to talk to strangers.’ ‘But this is not any ordinary stranger, Ralph is Desi’s uncle.’ ‘Desi’s uncle?! But why is he living in the streets for?’ ‘Because he chooses to do this. He comes by every now and then to sleep at my apartment. I’ve tried to tell him to stay but he wants to be where he’s at, which is in the streets. He stay close by just in case anything happens to me or Desi.’ ‘I didn’t know and I apologize.’ ‘That’s ok, Ty. It’s not your fault.’
Sammy then spotted a familiar face over by an abandoned bus stop. He tugs on Desi’s grandma jacket to get her attention. They saw that it was Ralph, who was sleeping so they ran over to him. ‘Ralph, wake up! It’s me, Grandma!’ It’s Thanksgiving and I want you to come over for dinner.’ ‘Yes, please come. I’m so sorry for running you off like that last night.’ Cried Ty. Ralph looked to Ty, Sammy, Grandma and shook his head yes. ‘Great, let’s hurry up and head back to Sean’s apartment before the food gets cold.’ Said Ty as they all went back.
Once they got back, everyone was surprised to see them come back with Ralph. ‘Ralph, great to see you again.’ said Sean’s father. ‘You’ve just missed one of the best football games ever.’ Said Ty’s father. ‘Wait, you know Ralph?’ asked Ty. ‘Yeah, of course we do.’ ‘But if he wants to eat, he’d better get to the bathroom and wash up.’ ‘But Desi’s still in there.’ said Sean as Ralph walked over to knock on the door. She looked thought this small hole in the door to see that it was Ralph.
‘Uncle Ralph! You’re here!’ shouted Desi as she jumped into his arms. ‘Great, now the both of you have to wash up now.’ Laughed Ty. Everyone stood silent as Ralph let out this big laugh. Everyone did the same. Minutes later as they all sat around the dinner table, Ty volunteered to say the Thanksgiving grace.
‘Dear Lord, we thank you for this blessed gift of food presented to us. I would also like to thank Ralph for joining us today, making it more special. I would like to apologize to Desi for running him off the other day. I lost focus on what Thanksgiving meant for a second. It’s a time for being around family, friends and just everyone getting along, enjoying the holiday. So let us now enjoy this food because you know I will. Amen!’ ‘Amen!’ shouted everyone as they began to eat.
Desi, then gave Ty a kiss on the cheek. ‘What was that for?’ ‘That was for getting my uncle back.’ ‘That’s ok, just don’t kiss me again.’ said Sean as everyone laughed and began to eat.