Clarice’s Long Stockings by Clarice Bostick

Today is the seventh day in the series of holiday stories, poems and songs created by members of the Trinity Writers’ Workshop. These submissions were included in the  TWW Christmas Book which was given to children and their families during the  Christmas at the Stockyards event in Fort Worth, Texas on December 3, 2011. The seventh of these writers is Clarice Bostick.

Clarice’s Long Stockings

by Clarice Bostick

Once upon a time there was a little girl.  Her name was Clarice. She had long brown curly hair. Shyness was a problem for Clarice and she was easily embarrassed. George and Paul were her brothers and Alice was her sister.  Grandma lived with the family. Grandma and Clarice’s mother and daddy spent a lot of time reading to her, playing games, teaching her to sew and read and doing so many other things.

There was a vacant lot in back of the house and it was called the “back hill”.  Clarice was a dreamer.  She liked to go on the “back hill” and sit in a path that overlooked a Buttercup ringed pond and think about Christmas. Christmas was wonderful at our house. The fragrance of date-nut candy mother was making, the gingerbread men Grandma was making, turkey roasting in the oven and the smell of the Christmas tree were all memories she would hold dear all her life. One of the most exciting memories of all was the long stocking packed with fruit, nuts, gum, Crackerjacks and candy.

Well, the stocking at Christmas was wonderful, of course, but there were other aspects of it that was not so wonderful. As soon as the weather turned cold Clarice’s mother would say,” Oh, dear, it is so cold it is time to put on your long stockings.”  This was one thing that this little girl dreaded. First, her mother would put this contraption on her to hold the stockings up.  It was sorta like a harness that had straps over the shoulders that fitted to a waistband and had two straps in the front and two in the back that were attached to the waistband and then would be pinned to the top of the long white cotton stockings. How awful.  They were warm but they were a big embarrassment. No one Clarice knew had to wear these, not her friends, not her sister, just her.  Clarice’s birthday was in January and on her 4th birthday she had her first and only birthday party. There were nine who came to the celebration. Her mother took their picture and there was poor Clarice on the front row with her white stockings in plain view. How humiliating. Kindergarten was the next big obstacle to get through with the dumb things. Of course, she was the only one who had to wear them. And then of all things a Christmas play was planned and all the children would be in it. How in the world was she going to handle being in a play where all the world would see her in those dreadful white stockings. Well, guess what? She was picked to be Mrs. Santa Claus.  That meant she would wear a long dress. The stockings could not be seen.  What a relief. The worrying over the stockings would go on all winter, except at Christmas. Now they turned in to her best friend. Mother would let her use one of them to leave out for Santa. And Santa never failed to fill it to overflowing. There was only one pair of these things so Clarice got a reprieve from them or several days. Maybe those stocking were not as horrible as she thought. Turned out they were downright wonderful. You probably have guessed it by now, but that little brown haired girl with the long curls was me. I don’t wear long white cotton stockings anymore, but my curls have been white for a long time


Don’t forget that beginning January 2, 2012, I am offering a two month class in character development called Simply Creating Fictional Characters.

The class will include techniques in buiding believable, interesting three-dimensional characters. I will also assist and encourage students to interact with each other through twitter, facebook and their blogs.

I think it will be a great way to start the new year.

To find out more about the classes go to click on the tab classes and creative writing classes.

Looking forward to seeing your there


About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on December 15, 2011, in Trinity Writers Workshop, Writers, Writers Groups, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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