White Dog and Taiko peered in the bags as Steve carried them in and set them on the floor of the kitchen. "It looks like some things are missing," White Dog mumbled. Tai shifted the contents of one bag with his snooter and sighed, "Nope, no candied cherries." They both looked at me.
"There are a few items we didn't get because they did not have them." I began. "WHAT NO COOKIES!" Yo shuffled in and cried out. "Let's not over react. We have plenty to start on and I will make a few calls to see who has candied cherries; that will be better than spending an hour driving all over," I said as I petted the backs of both boys in an attempt to prevent panic.
Bella was now nervously pacing back and forth in the doorway. Steve walked past her carrying the last of the bags. SHE rushed over and plunged her face in the bag. "What else is missing?" she asked. "You know Christmas is just DAYS away!"
Puff was resting on her bed and looked toward the kitchen group. "Chill out, White Ones. Don't lose your holiday cool. Remember, Christmas Magic? It will come together. Believe!" I hugged our wise matriarch with my eyes. Her words hit home and the others calmly supervised the unpacking while I made calls and found what we needed at the last place I expected...our local chain grocery. "Who would have guessed," Steve said as he volunteered to stop on his way to work. There was a HUGE WDA yip of relief.
Zsofia and Sachi, banned from the kitchen because of their insistence on wrestling over the bags and sacttering everypup took some time to seek their own inner zen...