~Today I Fired Santa Claus~

WordWulf By WordWulf, 9th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1i66vnd0/
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~my father was a one-legged drunken roofer~when I was 12-years-old he passed out on a roof we were working on~he rolled off the edge~hung from the gutter~his prosthetic leg fell off~the customer fired us~

~Today I Fired Santa Claus~

He had big friendly brown eyes, a fine sculptured cane he leaned upon, a twenty-five year merit pin, a distinguished memento pinned through his tie, of his retirement ten years ago as a distinguished professional man, hanging below that pin, a cross in silver, Jesus sculpted, depicted in gold. His moustache and goatee, thick and white, he offered me a self-deprecating smile, dignified in a hangdog way, he limped past me.

My boss and peers shook their heads, enjoyed a collective grin at my expense when I hired Santa Claus, this man in his seventies who had slipped beneath their job fair radar and ended up in my office for an interview. Not quite jolly, a smile came easily to his face. He looked me in the eye, then away. Was that a shadow, just there, slipping, peeking? We discussed customer service and professionalism. Won over by his smile, ignoring the shadow, I hired him, sent him for his drug test and background check.

The store manager called me early one morning six weeks after I hired Santa, while opening her store. “What’s wrong with Santa Claus; this place is a mess. I should have never taken a day off; you have to come and see this!” There were three fingers of whiskey, a fine blended, on the counter in his stainless steel coffee cup. A gentleman, I thought, drinking from a cup like that. Painful thoughts of my father, the darkest shadow haunting, alcoholism, the terrible destroyer, its freight train weight, Santa Claus in the security video, falling from his chair, passed out on the floor, dead or asleep; what’s the difference?

~Tom (WordWulf) Sterner~
~Cats' Eyes~
~After Blessing ~
~Whiskey Man~

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author avatar Denise O
19th Mar 2011 (#)

We should always listen to our instincts that's for sure. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar WordWulf
19th Mar 2011 (#)

I was glad I gave him a chance.

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