I’m currently working on BOXCAR CHRISTMAS, (release date: 1.1.2018) my next Delos Series holiday story. Last year I tried SNOWFLAKE’S GIFT and it was warmly received by my readers. Everyone loved it and so I thought I’d try it again.
I realize the title is odd, but as you know me by now there is a “story behind a story.”
Some of you may know that I moved twenty-two times in the first eighteen years of my life, living in seven different states in the western USA . My step-father moved us about every nine months. He was one-quarter Eastern Cherokee so maybe he got the ‘seasons change gene’ and that’s why.
Anyway, one of the places we moved to was Blackfoot, Idaho. We were very poor and there was a red caboose train car—it’s carriage had been taken off and it had been set on a concrete slab—for rent. Can you imagine six people living in there? The caboose was probably about 400 square feet. It was a “tiny house” long before the word was coined.
We lived there for nine months. I loved it. We all learned to move like water around rocks—the parents—in the caboose and it worked well. I loved going out at dusk because we’d get Nighthawks in huge swarms of 15 or 20 in each flying over the area. The caboose was also near a red raspberry patch, so we got to eat our fill and get pies made by Mom, when they were in season.In our caboose I felt safe, like a pair of arms were around all of us. I truly loved the boxcar life.
For years I’ve wanted to write about a red caboose. Nowadays, there isn’t a caboose on trains, which I find terribly sad. But I wanted to wax nostalgic over that wonderfully happy time in my life.
Now that you know what’s behind this story, I hope it will enhance a wonderful story with a heart-warming ending. And if you enjoy stories about military vets, plus like dogs and puppies? You’ll be in seventh heaven!