Holiday Helping Hands
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by Ann Herrick
Category: General Nonfiction
Description: A Touching Christmas Story for the whole family
eBook Publisher: DiskUs Publishing, 2008 2008
eBookwise Release Date: December 2009
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [14 KB]
Reading time: 4-5 min.
Miriam dusted in an attempt to fight off loneliness. It was the first year she and Bill would celebrate the holidays without their daughter, Jessica. Miriam tried to hold on to the hope that could be found in a single word. Maybe.
Maybe Jessica could get a few days off from her job as a paramedic in Chicago. Maybe she could catch a last-minute flight out of the city. Maybe she would be home for Christmas. Maybe...
"Don't count on it," Jessica had warned in her last call. "But I'll try."
"If anyone can pull it off, it's Jessica!" Dan had shouted in the background. Dan was the "very nice guy" Jessica was seeing.
"Hi, Miriam!" Bill blew in with a blast of cold air. "Let's go get our tree."
"Our tree?" Miriam bit her lip. "Isn't it kind of early for the tree?"
"Early?" Bill cocked his head to one side. "It's only five days until Christmas."
"Yes, I know. But...we always go together as a family to get the tree."
"But you and I are family!"
"Of course we are." Miriam gave Bill a small hug. "It's just that...shouldn't we wait for Jessica?"
"Honey, Jessica might not be home for Christmas this year." Bill must've read the deep sadness his words brought to his wife's face, because he quickly added, "But if she is, we wouldn't want to disappoint her by not having a tree!"
"Okay," Miriam said. "We'll get a tree. But we won't decorate it until Jessica gets home."
Bill sighed, but he agreed.