With apologies to the Beatles, the Federation of Egalitarian Communities, and the state of Vermont.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Chapter Sixty-four: The New House

“We’re done,” Lois said.

“We’re done!” Sowbug shouted.

“We’re done,” Sorrel said.

The six workers stood and stared at what they built.

“That’s it,” Dandelion said.  “There’s nothing else left to do.”

“Yes, there is,” Mo said.  “We still need to show the rest of the commune this wonderful new building.”

“And I think that it’s done just in time,” said Earthworm.  “I hear that it’s supposed to snow on Friday.”

“This is great,” said Sorrel.  “Now we can all move out of our tents and into this nice warm house.”

“So when do we announce it to everyone?” Lois asked.

“We can let everybody know at the house meeting tomorrow,” Dandelion said.  “It’s our Christmas present to the commune.”

“It’s our Hanukkah present,” Lois said.

“It’s our Solstice present,” said Earthworm.

“It’s our New Year’s present,” said Sowbug.

“No, wait,” Sorrel said.  “There really is one more thing we need to do.”

“What’s that?” several people asked at once.

“We need to name the house,” Sorrel said.

“We can do that at the house meeting,” said Sowbug.


“We’re done,” Mo said.

“We’re done,” Dandelion said.

“We’re done,” Earthworm said.  “Now you should go over and see it.”

“The six of us have actually moved over our stuff,” said Sowbug.

“Yeah,” said Lois.  “It’s time for all of you to get out of your tents and move on in.  I hear that it’s gonna snow on Friday.”

“So, what’s the name of our new house?” asked Chuck.

“That’s up to all of you,” Sorrel said.  “What do you want to call it?”

“Now that Dick and Don are gone, I want to call it Harmony House,” Cat said.

“Yeah,” said Blue Sky.  “I like that!”

Several other people started to speak but Patsy, who was running the meeting, stood up and cut them off.

“Okay,” she said, “we have a proposal.  All in favor?”

There were loud cheers and lots of hands waving.

“Wait,” she said.  “Opposed?”

There was a moment of silence before she said, “Well, I guess it’s officially Harmony House.  Great work, team!”

Folks in the meeting started hugging the workers.

“Wait, wait, wait,” Patsy said.  “We still have four more items on the agenda.”

“Look out the window,” Ken said. “There’s snow falling.”

By the lights from the windows in the next building, a few flakes could be seen coming down.

“It’s not supposed to snow tonight,” said Sal.

“I’m moving my stuff in as soon as the meeting’s over,” said Paul G.

“Well, let’s get back to business so we can get this meeting over,” said Patsy.  “So, next item.  Luna wants to talk about the holidays.”

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