A close inspection of the holiday photos reveals Farmer Small's hiding place among the Christmas decorations.
The holiday hubub had died down and I had just finished putting away the Christmas decorations when I realized that I hadn't seen Farmer Small for a while. I was getting worried about the little guy. Suddenly, a tiny voice drifted up from from behind the coffee maker.
"Are they gone? "
"Famer Small ! I said. "Nice to see you. Are who gone?"
"Oh" I said, our unexpected holiday guests are gone."
"Good" said Farmer Small "That means I can be done with hiding."
"Why were you hiding?"
"One of them thought I was a bug and kept trying to squish me with her cane."
"It's true that she really doesn't like bugs."
"Did I miss Christmas? he asked.
His little lip quivered.
"It was my first one inside."
"Well, I said, there was a present for you." "From you?"
"No, from the Grumpy Farmer."
"Where is it?"
"Somewhere around here - I'll find it for you."
"OK. he said "I'm still in time to celebrate New Years though - right?"
I thought about it. "Well, Farmer Small, I figure that we have 352 opportunities to celebrate the new year ahead of us."
"YEAH! We can have a party every night!"
Clearly Farmer Small's assessment is that 2013 is going to be filled with reasons to celebrate - happy new year everyone!