The Little People
by C. K. Thomas
In 1967, John Peterson published a novel for children about a family of little people with tails who hid in the walls of the Biggs family’s house. The Littles became a series of children’s books – and ultimately a series of children’s television shows in the 1980s.
I haven’t read any of Peterson’s books, but I imagine the little people might have been quite mischievous. Possibly they picked up things that the Biggs family dropped, which explains why sometimes it is impossible to find something you’ve lost when you haven’t even moved from the spot!
My husband bought me a lovely pair of Downton Abbey earrings for Christmas. I loved them so much, I put them on the minute I opened them. I went about my day, and when I changed clothes to go out to an open house at a friend’s, I discovered that one of my new earrings had fallen off. I looked all over the floor of the closet and behind all the things stored on the floor, under the shelves and closet rods of hanging clothes. Nothing!
The day after Christmas, I kept an eye out for the missing piece all day long. I had swept the back porch the day before, so I scoured the patio and rocks outside. Nothing! I looked under the bed, in the pantry, and over the rainbow. Nothing! Sigh! “I loved those gold drop earrings with the little clear green gemstone at the tip. I really loved them!” I said out loud to the empty house.
Giving up on ever finding my lost earring, I washed the breakfast dishes, fed the puppies, and proceed to take out the very full bag of trash from the kitchen. I lifted the bag out of the trash container and efficiently tied a knot to close the top. As I bent down to grab the bag and take it outside, I spied my elusive earring lounging peacefully under my own dining room chair, as if I had not been calling after it for two whole days!
Reflecting on the incident, I’ve decided that those rascally “Littles” must have hidden my treasure away in the walls. Of course, when they heard me saying how much I loved it, they left the wayward jewel under my chair where they were certain I’d find it.
Happy New Year – and may any and all of your 2018 losses be magically mitigated by the little people, who might just dwell within the walls of your house, too.
C.K. Thomas lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Before retiring, she worked for Phoenix Newspapers while raising three children and later as communications editor for a large United Methodist Church. The Storm Women is her fourth novel and the third in the Arrowstar series about adventurous women of the desert Southwest. Follow her blog: We-Tired and Writing Blog.