“It’s like a chocolate fountain in my mouth!” Lindsay said.

My mom’s smile stretched ear to ear while her eyes were wide with wonder. Her face was glowing as bright as the Christmas tree star.

“Oh, it’s nothing,” she remarked, “just a little something I threw together last minute.”

I knew better. The cookie queen was a passionate artist. She was truly set apart.

“These grinches are too cute!” Debbie said.

The parade of praises marched around the dining room. Elsa, Charlie Brown, Baby Jesus, and Elf on the Shelf were among those who were magically displayed in cookie form.

I walked down the hall to the bathroom, and my nose tickled in a disturbing way. My feet heroically pounded into the kitchen. Smoke gushed out of the oven.

“Mom!” I desperately cried. “I need you in the kitchen! Now!”

My head hung down. I stared at the disaster. The cookies were burnt.

“Oh no,” she gasped, “What will I do?” Her hazel eyes overflowed with tears.

I inhaled every possible creative particle that my mother had ever breathed out. After ten minutes, I gently grasped her arm and led her into the living room. The Polar Express movie was playing on the television.

“Kids,” I announced, “I need your help! The train needs more coal to get to the North Pole.”

My mom proudly watched as all the grandchildren picked up the coal cookies and dropped them into buckets.

Dominic, my nephew, jumped up and yelled, “All aboard!”

Lauren, my niece, fell over laughing then screamed, “Get on the train!”

After they were done, my mom said, “You all must be tired from working on the railroad. Here is some milk and marshmallows.”

The three marshmallows were small, medium, and large forming a snow man. It wasn’t milk and cookies as previously planned, but no one cared. Baked into every cookie, whether burnt or not, is warmth, love, laughter, and memories.

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4 months ago

What a wonderful story which encompasses both reality and imagination linked with the line. “I inhaled every possible creative particle that my mother had ever breathed out”. The family portrayed should be the goal of families everywhere.

Margarida Brei
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4 months ago

What a wonderful achievement, Kelly! Not only did you write a unique story, but you won the editor’s award with your very first submission to Voice.Club!

4 months ago

What a creative, imaginative story, Kelly. You must be a mom who understands today’s generation very well! Elsa and Charlie Brown, Baby Jesus and the Elf on the Shelf – in four examples, you’ve covered the symbols who have made Christmas special for many generations. I assume that Elsa is from Frozen? My young friends went through a passion for Elsa that lasted for years. And I myself grew up with a… Read more »

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
4 months ago

Welcome, welcome to Voice.Club, Kelly. As a Cadbury chocolate connoisseur and one lucky enough to have enjoyed the Bourneville Chocolate Factory in England, I love your opening metaphor. It set the tone for your delicious story. Clever ending!
Well done! Keep on writing winners.

Preston Randall
Preston Randall(@preston-randall)
4 months ago

I loved this story, Kelly. There was a great mix of dialogue and description, and you painted a vivid picture of all the family members. I also really liked the buildup of action to a very satisfying and creative ending. One very small nit-pick: the phrase “forming a snow man” was slightly awkward as opposed to “in the form of a snow man.” Very well done, and I hope to read much… Read more »

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
4 months ago

Congratulations Kelly, a lovely story.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
4 months ago

Congratulations Kelly, this is a well-deserved win!

4 months ago

Congratulations, Kelly. What a great story and what a great family! Like Margarida, I was entranced by the opening sentence. Chocolate lovers all over the world will love this one. You’re a great storyteller and a wonderful addition to our club. Welcome!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
4 months ago

A huge congratulations and welcome to the voice club family, Kelly. Your story ponders my heart so much. As a mother, I learn a very thoughtful lesson: to deal with every situation (bad or good) with love, laughter, and memories. Sometimes, problems have eaten me causing some yelling at my children. I learn a lot from your story. Well done. 

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