Ugly Sally was walking through the park with her best friend, Julia. It was a few days before Thanksgiving. The two friends were enjoying the warm autumn sunshine. They knew it wouldn’t be long before it was winter.
“Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving?” asked Ugly Sally.
“Thanksgiving is coming up so soon,” said Julia. “I can’t believe it is only a couple of days away. We were supposed to go visit my grandmother but she had something come up so we aren’t going anywhere. What are you and your family doing?”
“We are staying home for Thanksgiving too,” said Ugly Sally. “Maybe you could come and have dinner with us?”
“I would love to,” said Julia.
“Great,” said Ugly Sally. “I am looking forward to it.”
“Me too,” said Julia.
Thanksgiving morning came and Ugly Sally was in the kitchen helping her mother stuff the turkey. The aroma in the house was driving Ugly Sally insane.
“We haven’t even got the turkey in the oven yet,” said Ugly Sally. “The house smells so good!”
“I agree,” said Mother. “I love the smell of freshly baked apple pie.”
“Me too,” said Ugly Sally.
Once the turkey was stuffed and in the oven, Ugly Sally went upstairs to get changed. Julia would there soon.
“I thought your friend, Julia, was going to have dinner with us,” said Father.
“She said she was coming,” said Ugly Sally. “I am sure she will be here soon.”
“I hope so,” said Mother. “Dinner is ready to be served. Why don’t you call her?”
“I just did,” said Ugly Sally. “She isn’t answering the phone.”
“That is a little odd,” said Mother.
“It isn’t like Julia to do this,” said Ugly Sally. “She is always early. I am starting to get worried about her.”
“I hope she hasn’t stood you up,” said Father, coming into the kitchen to see what was taking so long to get the food onto the table.
“We could always start without her,” said Ugly Sally, reluctantly.
“I think we will have to,” said Mother. “We don’t want the food to get cold.”
Ugly Sally, Father and Mother all sat down at the table and started eating after they said a little prayer and blessed the food they were about to eat.
“It doesn’t look like Julia is going to show up,” said Ugly Sally. “I sure hope she is okay.”
“We do too,” said Mother.
A few minutes later, Ugly Sally’s phone rang. It was Julia. She was in the hospital. She had fallen and had broken her ankle.
“Oh dear,” said Mother, when she found out what happened with Julia. “That isn’t good. What is worse, she is going to spend most of her Thanksgiving dinner at the hospital. The poor girl.”
“Dear,” said Father. “Make up a plate of food for Julia. Ugly Sally, Joe and I will take it up to the hospital for her.”
Ugly Sally and Father went up to the hospital to see Julia.
“Oh my!” exclaimed Julia, when she saw the food Ugly Sally’s family had brought for her to eat. “This food looks amazing. I tried to call you but there is no cell service in the emergency department.”
“I am just glad that you are okay,” said Ugly Sally.
“Thank you,” said Julia. “Thank you so much! I thought I was going to miss Thanksgiving this year.”
Julia enjoyed her Thanksgiving dinner. Ugly Sally was relieved to know her friend was okay.