No More War

Billy B. was excited when he thought of Christmas 1971. He and Chet were freshmen in high school and both wondered if they would be drafted once they graduated in less than four years. Gene, Billy B.’s cousin had been drafted directly after he completed his senior year at Eldorado High School…and Danny, his cousin Brenda’s fiance, had been drafted as well. Chet and Billy B. were not above Holiday adventures and in fact, had planned a Christmas Party with Jane and Sally for that night. It would be a Christmas Eve Party…and they had already sub-contracted Lanny, who had been in some scrapes with the law, to provide the Peppermint Schnaps and Vodka for the festivities. Billy B. had erected a magnificent aluminum Christmas Tree with a multi-colored light strobing on it. Each party participant was to bring a Secret Santa gift. The Party was to be held in the high school auditorium and Lanny…and Daryl had borrowed the 12 foot tall Santa that stood outside the bank on the town square. Twelve foot Santa was extremely difficult to get into the doors of the auditorium and so they had to remove the center post between the doors to facilitate the entry of the giant elf.

Chet had a new record player….that he had just unwrapped Christmas Eve evening. That is when his family celebrated Christmas…and he brought it to the party. Santa would be portrayed by Daryl’s dad, The Wiz…or better known as Mr. Thompson…the 3rd grade teacher at Hillcrest School. The Wiz was only five feet tall…so he was a bit short for the red suit. Nevertheless what he lacked in size…he made up in spirit… Mr. Thompson thoroughly enjoyed smoking cigars…the big ones. Thus…he entered the festivities with smoke encircling his head and the pungent odor of strong tobacco. He gleefully announced that he had just purchased a new record and that he wanted all of the kids to listen to it carefully.

‘So this is Christmas

And what have you done

Another year older

And a new one just begun

And so this is Christmas

I hope you have fun

The near and the dear ones

The old and the young

A very Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year

Let’s hope it’s a good one

Without any fear

And so this is Christmas

For weak and for strong

For rich and the poor ones

The war is so long

And so happy Christmas (war is over)

For black and for white (if you want it)

For yellow and red ones (war is over)

Let’s stop all the fight (now).’ Yoko Ono and John Lennon

Chet and Billy B. and Jane and Sally walked up to The Wiz who was poorly disguised as Santa and asked him if he thought that it could ever be possible to have a world without war? Santa Claus winked and took a long drag off of his humongous cigar and said…just look outside…

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