A mayor’s wish for Christmas
‘Twas the month of Christmas and all through the White House, visitors were coming to see the Senate and House.
Among them was a mayor, Anne McEnerny-Ogle from Vancouver, who brought a plea to the shakers and movers.
Visions of funding for the I-5 bridge danced in her head, she had a message she wanted to spread.
When all of a sudden, what should she see, a letters to Santa mailbox to send a message for free.
McEnerny-Ogle donned her creativity cap, and wrote a letter to Saint Nick, that jolliest of chaps.
Here is the message she wanted him to hear. Give it a read, it deserves a good cheer.
“Everybody stops, so hear our plea.
The I-5 Bridge is old, as you can see.
I don’t know just who to blame for this catastrophe.
But my one wish for Christmas is as plain as can be.
All I want for Christmas is our I-5 Bridge.
Our I-5 Bridge
See our I-5 Bridge!
Gee, if you could only fund our new I-5 Bridge,
Then I could wish you, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ”
But that wasn’t the end of our mayor’s mission, she had another gift straight from the kitchen.
McEnerny-Ogle thought “cobbler diplomacy” might work and delivered a home-baked pie as a nice little perk.
To Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg the pie went. Baked into the crust was the I-5 bridge, so he’d know just what it meant.
As she got in a car and drove away from the executive residence, she hoped the funding came through without any hesitance.
She wished Santa and all to be of good cheer, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
— Shari Phiel