There were these cookies…”
Chapter Three…The Mission Begins
Mom had baked her “Nut Balls” yesterday morning and yesterday afternoon we had helped her roll these delicate little mouth-watering beauties ever-so-carefully in powdered sugar.
She had explained to us that the cookies needed to stay on the counter overnight…as she said… “to set”.
“But tomorrow I’ll be hiding them in a really good place!” she said.
She was laughing as she told us this and we laughed too. We also knew that tomorrow we would be getting up real, real early.
Next morning…thinking that we were still innocently asleep in our beds…and not secretly watching her every move from a “not-quite-closed” door that led from the kitchen to the living room…mom carefully began putting the cookies in two red cookie tins.
The tins were identically decorated with green Christmas trees and white snowflakes. I think they were about 50 years old, but they were only used at Christmas so they looked brand-new.
Then she got out a step-stool from the little closet in the kitchen, climbed up on it and put both the tins on the very top shelf of the kitchen cupboard.
She had chosen the cupboard that went all the way to the top of our kitchen’s 12-foot high ceiling.
Then she grabbed a wooden mixing spoon and pushed them both towards the back of the cupboard so they could not be seen when the cupboard door was open.
Mom worked quickly and quietly so as to not wake her two sleeping children…heh…heh.
“Gee’s Nut Balls” were famous…and were greatly anticipated by friends and family every Christmas. This year she had made a double recipe because she was sending some cookies home with everyone.
When she was done arranging the cookie tins, mom got down from the step-stool and started to walk to the closet to put the stool away.
She paused as if hearing something…but…as she turned…Durwood and I quickly and quietly tip-toed back to our bedrooms..