A Quiet Midwinter’s Eve


Crow and her cousins, and even a number of the smaller birds, had all helped Old Possum carry the tree into his living room, where it now sat, with its rootball in a giant planter, in front of the window and well away from the fireplace.


Once the birds had left, Possum settled in by the fire — with several bowls of popcorn and berries, a needle, and five spools of thread — and let out a contented sigh.


Truth be told, Possum was a solitary sort at heart, and as much as he loved hosting not one but two Yuletide parties each year, he also cherished the anticipatory hush of Midwinter’s Eve.


(December 2022)


Story © Jennifer Singleton / Read+Purr
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