The Charlie Bravo Story

Twas the night before charkmas

Twas the night before Christmas at the Casa del Whackos
Deb, Kathy, and Sandy had sent boxes of snackos
the goodies were stashed well out of harm’s way
So ungnawed on ’til Christmas is how they would stay.

Mom was preparing a late midnight snack
For the arrival of Lola, Tara, and Zach
Alex and Echo, from the trip a bit queasy
Presided  all over by the Spirit of Stevie

As bedtime approached, the dogs threw a din
Demanding to be let out, and then let back in
When hope appeared lost, to get them to bed
They collapsed where they stood, to sleep like the dead

Then,  up on the bed there arose such a scuffle
Dad’s covers are gone, he has nought but dust ruffle
And superhero PJ’s to cover his legs
a passel of inmates hogging the rest of the bed.
Yo, Maxwell, hey, Mia, show old dad some lovins
If Charlie won’t scoot over, there’s gonna be shovins!

Then out in the garage there arose such a clatter
 Santa’s sleigh threw a rod, extended warranty don’t matter
If he’s going to finish his deliveries tonight
He’ll need a new mode of transport, maybe even dad’s bike.

But wait, before you go, at least think this through!
The unanswered question is the old Subaru!
Miss Ellie’s an old girl, was never a cutie
She’s slow but she’s steady,  she’ll haul plenty  of booty!

So Santa, if you must,  if this option is last
I request that you at least chip in for the  gas
it’s not my intention to be such a grouch
Get your own milk and cookies; and wait on the couch.

Dad took the old car instead of the sleigh
Loaded with presents and one stowaway
Charlie saw no need to ask for permission
Couldn’t pass such a chance to take such a mission.

Together they traced a path through the skies
On the ultimate road trip to deliver surprise
And high above the Casa was heard a faint bark
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Chark!

Join the discussion

  1. Carol Tedford

    Merry Christmas and Chark Diem!!!

  2. Deborah Ferguson

    Great story, thanks for the Christmas smile while picturing it all in my mind.

  3. Deb Silva

    Merry Christmas Charlie, Mom, Dad, the Inmates, all the kiddos AND the Charlie Bravo extended family.

  4. Elisabeth Parris

    Miss Ellie saved Christmas! Rudolph, move over; a new girl’s in town!

  5. Susan Jensen Bittner

    Merry Christmas, thanks for the laughs and tears this past year! ❤️❤️

  6. Kathy Moody

    Gotta love it. Chark diem. Merry Christmas to all.

  7. Annette Eakins

    Merry Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

  8. Lanae Rossi

    So creative!!! Loved it. Merry Christmas!

  9. Medusa Habanera

    Love the posts and you are such a talented writer.

  10. Sam Howard

    Merry Christmas to all at the Casa. You are the best.

  11. Jodi Aucoin

    Merry Christmas to one wonderful casa!

  12. Christine Carr Reese

    LOL! I love the lights on Miss Ellie! Merry Christmas to all!

  13. Melanie Stubbs Rogers Smith

    Merry Christmas to yall from all of us!

  14. Valerie Joyce Kerr

    Fantastic- loved it ❤️❤️❤️

  15. Jeanne Mancinelli

    Merry Christmas to you Charlie and to all the members of the casa!

  16. Darlene Baker

    Merry Christmas to all the Casa del Whackos out there, especially our Charlie Bravo pack. Thank you for sharing ❤ #charliegirl #charkdiem #whorescuedwho

  17. Sandy Runyon Lough

    Better keep a sharp eye out for vintage rides circling Miss Ellie. Tricked out as she is, swains will be doing donuts in your driveway. Warmest Christmas tidings from the left coast, one and all.

  18. Christina Sanchez

    That was the best night before Christmas Story I have heard this year.

  19. Brenda Payton

    Love this. Merry Christmas!

  20. Rosemary McKenna

    You’ve outdone yourself today with a lovely piece of writing That’s filled with love and humor for everyone who lives or visits at the Casa de Whackos. Merry Christmas to all of you from a big fan in NYC.

  21. Fran Scott

    Merry Charkmas to all 🙂

  22. Bonnie Buerkle-Belcher

    A special merry Christmas to all of you! Love ❤️ your sharing. You need to be a writer Bret.

  23. Sue Robilliard

    Merry Christmas to all at the Casa, glad to see Miss Ellie has redeemed herself

  24. Cathy Brown

    Merry Christmas. You are such a great writer.

  25. Caitlin Kelly-Jensen

    Haha! Loved this. Merry Christmas to all of the Whackos at the Casa. Chark Diem!

  26. Pam Rollins

    Well done Charlie and family. Merry Christmas!

  27. Julia Sharp

    Such a clever way with words! Ms. Ellie, Dad, & Charlie save Christmas!!!

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