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Come sit by the fire and I'll tell you another border Christmas story. I was reminded of it because Postie Sam the postman walked over me today, and says hello Border, with the Christmas card he always delivers personally to Winnie's da, and the card would be from Winnie herself
Now then, thirty years ago or so, things were bad around here and there wasn't much traffic across me. Not so much freedom of movement, as the young ones today would say. And there was hatred and prejudice, and many's the one who wouldn't cross over me, one way or the other.
Winnie's da was a fierce man for the politics and he didn't much like the other side. So he wouldn't cross me one way or another. But Winnie herself, she was a wild one, and she loved a dance, and no border would stop her. And dance she did, here, there and everywhere.
Winnie's da would scold her rightly, but she'd throw up the head and go off to the dances, and say her breezy hellos to me as she passed me by. Well, then, at one of the dances didn't she meet young Sam the postman, and a fair looking man he was at that time, and is still today.
But Sam the postman, he was from the other side, so to speak, and when Winnie's da heard that Winnie'd been gallivanting with the enemy, he was not a happy da, so he wasn't. Winnie was a hard one to keep in, but nevertheless he tried, and a misery was felt by all in that house.
I well remember the night Sam the postman stood on this bridge here and said to me, Border, what's to be done? I'm in love with Winnie and she with me but the da's a holy terror.
He is that, says I, but Sam you're a postman, with a wee house beside the post office and a fair line in postage stamps. And then, Winnie's da is no border crosser. You have to use what you have to make your way in life, for love will triumph over hatred. So we hatched a plan.
So it went like this: Winnie announced to the da that her heart was broke but she knew the da was right and that she was going to give up on Sam and emigrate to Amerikay for to seek her fortune, or some such ballady nonsense. And the da thought, well better that than the Sam man.
So Winnie's da took Winnie off to the airport and they said their tearful goodbyes and Winnie flew to New York. When she arrived there didn't she have cup of tea in JFK and get the next flight back, and was collected by Sam at the very same airport she'd waved to the da in.
And happily married they were and lived by the post office. Winnie, to keep up the fiction, wrote the da letters and Sam would stream American stamps off of stray letters and glue them on to Winnie's and deliver them across the border to Winnie's da early in the morning.
Winnie's da's letters to Winnie were sent on to Sam by his uncle in Philadelphia where Winnie's da was unknowingly sending his replies. And when Winnie wanted to see her da, Sam would drive her to the airport and she'd fly to New York and then get the next flight back
And there at the airport would be Winnie's da, all ready and tearful to welcome her back in to the bosom of the home from thousands of miles away even though she was less than ten miles distant most of the year. And Winnie would do the same journey in reverse back to Sam.
Which is how come I saw Sam early this morning as he went to deliver Winnie's Christmas card to Winnie's da, with its lovely American stamp on it and 'Happy Christmas from Phily' inside.
Throw a few logs on the fire there
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