Hayes resides in a quaint hamlet nestled on the frontier between the United States and Mexico. In this locale, the discourse of border fortification holds perennial sway, yet on occasion, denizens venture near the border barrier to glimpse existence on the opposing side…
One wintry weekend, Hayes embarked on a stroll with his young canine companion across a neighboring farmstead. During their promenade, Hayes chanced upon a fractured remnant of a balloon upon the verdant sward not far distant. His intention was to retrieve and deposit it within the receptacle he bore for refuse. However, upon closer inspection, he discerned the tethering of the balloon remnant to a cord affixed to a scrap of parchment.
Piqued by curiosity, Hayes unfurled the missive and promptly espied a maiden’s appellation inscribed in Spanish – Dayami. Though Hayes’ command of Spanish proved modest, upon cursory perusal, he surmised this to be a festive inventory penned by Dayami. He conjectured that the girl named Dayami sought to dispatch a litany of Yuletide desires to Santa Claus within a balloon, reminiscent of his own juvenile epistolary missives to the patron saint of Christmas, though regrettably unreciprocated. Thus, a daring resolve seized Hayes: Dayami must be located ere Christmas!
Actualizing this notion proved arduous, yet Hayes possessed a modicum of clues: some thirty-two kilometers southwestward from the locus where the balloon fragment was discovered lies the Mexican municipality of Nogales. Factoring prevailing wind patterns, Hayes deduced the balloon’s likely origin from Nogales.
Upon returning homeward, Hayes expeditiously proffered the epistle to his spouse. Fluent in Spanish, Hayes’ consort swiftly facilitated the translation thereof. True to expectation, the document unveiled a roster of desires – Dayami yearned for dolls and a dollhouse for Christmas, alongside raiments and sundry art supplies.
In pursuit of Dayami, Hayes initially disseminated extant clues via his social media enclave, featuring photographic documentation of balloon fragments and the manuscript, in the hope that his acquaintances in Nogales might assist in the quest for Dayami and her kin. However, fortune did not favor him. Days elapsed sans any intelligence concerning Dayami and her kin, and the countdown to Christmas grew ever more pressing!
Come the nineteenth day of December, Hayes endeavored to dispatch a discreet entreaty beseeching aid in locating Dayami to a prominent broadcasting station in Nogales. To Hayes’ astonishment, the broadcaster promptly returned his summons the very same day, pledging to broadcast the missing person bulletin on air and across the station’s official media channels. The efficacy of official media proved remarkable indeed. At dawn the ensuing day, Hayes received tidings from the broadcasting station: they had traced the whereabouts of the eight-year-old girl, Dayami, and her family. They did indeed reside in Nogales!
Upon receiving this news, Hayes and his spouse hastened to the emporium, procuring the entirety of Dayami’s enumerated desires, alongside additional playthings, cognizant that Dayami also harbored a four-year-old sibling named Ximena.
With their conveyance laden with gifts, the Hayes embarked on a journey across the U.S.-Mexico divide toward Nogales. Forty-five minutes later, they arrived at the broadcasting station’s precincts, anticipant of a rendezvous with Dayami’s kin.
Upon sighting the two sisters, rapture gleamed in the children’s eyes: verily, the wish they had beseeched of Santa Claus had materialized!
Dayami’s progenitors expounded to the Hayes that Dayami had been dispatching epistles to Santa via balloons for years, and this marked the premiere occasion wherein a benefactor chanced upon the missive, thereby facilitating the realization of the child’s Yuletide aspirations. In a bid to preserve the children’s enchanting reverence for Santa Claus, the Hayes imparted to Dayami and Ximena that they constituted “Santa’s emissaries,” entrusted with the vocation of gratifying the juveniles’ festive wishes and bestowing upon them their cherished Christmas bounty.
The sublime benevolence transcended borders and the bristling barbed-wire demarcation. In the waning throes of this frigid annum, it metamorphosed into the heartwarming spirit of Christmas, suffusing the souls of each progeny…