Christmas Shoes

Mother and 'Father' Stephan, and Father and 'Mother' Tyler walked down the isle at their church. The ends of the pews were draped with black clothes and said black clothes lined the alter and walls.

Their daughter was in the Narthex, greeting visitors. Or, should I say, visitors were visiting her. She was the one in the coffin, after all. Her brownish-reddish hair was straightened from its normally wild look, as per request of herself. Her eyelids were light green and, should they be open, bring out the brightness of her green eyes. Peach lipstick was adorning her lips and light pink blush bejeweled her normally pale cheeks.

She was dressed in her favorite outfit: a pair of faded Levi's; a dark blue shirt with pink swirls forming the words, "I Love Band Geeks." On the back was Tyler and, below it, Flute. Every band member had gotten one as a Christmas gift from the loving band parents. Need I mention the deceased girl's parents paid for most of it?

The DJ (nonetheless, this rich girls parents had hired the best "DJ" for their daughters funeral!) had finished hooking up his 'equipment' into the church's… whatever it's called… and the song, "Christmas Shoes for Mama," started to play. It was one of her favorites.

It was almost Christmas time
And there I stood in another line
Trying to buy that last gift or two
Not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me
Was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing around like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes
And his clothes were worn and old
He was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn't believe what I heard him say

Sir I wanna buy these shoes
For my Mama please
Its Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, Sir
Daddy says there not much time
You see she's been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes will make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

They counted pennies for what seemed like years
The Cashier said son there's not enough here
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me sir what am I gonna do
Somehow I've got to buy her these Christmas Shoes
So I laid the money down
I just had to help him out
And I'll never forget the look on his face
When he said Mamas gonna look so great

Sir I wanna buy these shoes
For my Mama please
Its Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, Sir
Daddy says there not much time
You see she's been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes will make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight.

I knew I caught a glance of heavens love when he
thanked me and ran out
I knew that god had sent that little boy
To remind me what Christmas is all about

Sir I wanna buy these shoes
For my Mama please
Its Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, Sir
Daddy says there not much time
You see she's been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes will make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

I want her to look beautiful
If Mama meets Jesus tonight

At the end of the song, Mother wasn't paying attention to the usher and was crying along with the song. 'Father' sat her down in the front row along with the deceased girls older brother and bawling little sister. As per request of the deceased girl, her brother, sister, Mother, and Father, Step 'Mother' and Step 'Father' hadn't received their letters yet; they would get them read aloud during the service.