In the Spirit of…Christmas: Chapter 2
As Jesse leaves, Lindsey thinks about how his name sounds ever-so-vaguely familiar. I thought for half a second that she might be the daughter of his step-father, but they’re about the same age, so that can’t be right, can it? Unless her mom left with her before Jesse and his mom showed up. I don’t know.
Anyway, she thinks about how hot he is, but how “looks did not impress [her],” but damn, he sure is fine.
I’m kidding, of course. Lindsey would never use the word “damn.”
That afternoon, he comes back to the house, interrupting her while she’s “talking to the Lord and caring for the trees.”
A point in Lindsey’s favor: Jesse asks her (quite politely, mind), if she could put the dog away because the kid came along, and Lindsey does, but adds:
“If you’re going to work for me, we have to find a way for Jade and Sushi to get along.”
Good for her. This phobia really needs to be addressed while the kid is still young and it can actually be done. It’s not like dogs are an endangered species, after all, and it seems that Jade is equally scared of all dogs, not just the type that bit her. This is a real problem.
Interestingly, turns out that Lindsey’s ultimate decision to hire Jesse was made, at least in part, out of pity:
…his references had been glowing. One woman had gone beyond character references, though, and had told Lindsey about the tragic accident that had made him a widower, and about his raw and terrible grief. Her sympathy had driven her to pray for the man and his little girl—and to decide to hire him.
So Lindsey and Jesse talk about the job, while Jade sits nearby and colors with a coloring book and crayons Lindsey has stashed in a kitchen drawer.
This is striking me as increasingly weird. If a random six-year-old showed up at my doorstep, I would not have a coloring book and crayons handy. She would have to settle for the ole electronic babysitter, though I do have some animated movies, I guess.
This just seems over the top, even for a Sunday school teacher.
Lindsey immediately volunteers that Jesse should bring Jade with him to work each morning, and the school bus can pick her up and drop her off at her house. Wow, but she sure is trusting. Just letting this guy into her life in every single respect, isn’t she?
And you better believe that Jesse doesn’t seem quite so deserving of that trust:
The more hours he worked the more money he’d make. And the more time he’d have to question Lindsey and check out the farm.
Damn. That’s cold.
Finally, they take a walk into the actual tree farm part, and Jade is disappointed that the trees don’t look like Christmas trees. (I admit, it’s actually pretty cute.) And Jesse, Scrooge that he is, ruminates about how he is not looking forward to “having Christmas shoved down his throat at every turn.”
Dude, you live in the United States in the 21st century. That happens whether you work at a tree farm or not.
Wow…looks like my Actually Not That Bad category might be seeing a lot of use this Wintermas season.