On a Shortage of Christmas Tree Stands

My sister called. I couldn’t tell if she was laughing or if she was crying.

There’s a Christmas tree stand shortage in Raleigh.

She’d bought a tree at Lowe’s. She needed a stand. They were out.

She went to Target. She went to Wal-Mart. She went to Kmart. She went to the grocery store. Someone, surely, had a Christmas tree stand.

No. Everywhere she went, they were sold out.

“Did you try Home Depot?” I asked.

“There’s no Home Depot around here.” I was thinking of the one in Cary, which isn’t really that far away. But it was far away for her.

She’s taking the tree back. “I don’t know if they’ll even take the tree back! But I can’t put it up without water!”

A shortage.

Of Christmas tree stands.

I’ve never heard of such a thing!


A query letter has been written.

It’s for an article that I would love to write. In fact, I’ve already drafted some of it. I’ve even written the final line!

And it’s one of those crazy, slightly madcap things that are so typical of me.

Will I get to write the article? Don’t know. This is really, truly a long-shot. But then, really, what isn’t?

The query letter is going in the mail on Monday.

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