They all said it would be the worst time of the year and she knew they were right. So why had she refused the children's help when one by one they offered to come and spend the holiday with her. Right now, she wished she hadn't but a few weeks ago, she felt strong and resolute, capable of affronting whatever demons may lay siege to her mind. She had given herself a task. She would work on those photo albums she had been wanting to get done all year. But with Sam's illness, then the long hospital stay she had just never gotten around to it. It would be a labour of love and would provide her with many wonderful memories. But memories are double-edged they lift up but they can also suck down and right now they were taking her on a downward spiral.

The phone rang. It was her eldest daughter. How are things Mam? Ellie hadn't felt like telling her the truth, she wanted to be brave. But there was no hiding anything from Gloria and she'd soon broken down. Hardly had she put the phone down, it rang again. Phil, her son, calling from the other end of the country. How many people had he helped face the future after traumatic happenings in his practice? Could he help Ellie, now? She did feel better when she put the phone down and hardly had she done so, it rang yet again. Ellie had no trouble guessing who it would be this time. Sonia was the energy bundle of the family, always on the go, yet never to busy to think of her lonely mother. What she was not prepared for, however, was Sonia's message. She was obviously in deep trouble.

"Mam, I'm at the Angel hotel in Newtown. I need you to come, right now, Mam. I need you straight away, please Mam!"

Ellie was horrified. Without hesitating she got into her car and began the ten mile journey into town. 1001 different scenarios sprung into her mind, each one worse than the other. Then she remembered Sam. He would have done exactly the same thing. He doted on Sonia, and still called her his baby even though she was now over 20. She remembered all the little scrapes, he had got her out of. Treasured memories and ones that would help her face up to whatever trouble Sonia was in now. Sam would be there to help.

Meanwhile, at the private dining room Gloria and Phil Wilkens were putting the finishing touches to the table decorations, when Sonia came in.

"It worked! She swallowed it hook and line. She's on her way over now; the party can begin."

You see the one thing Ellie forgot about her daughter was her acting capabilities, and so this was going to be another Christmas to remember.


Wow - That was amazing! Gave me the warm-fuzzies. :-)

22 December 2007 at 08:30  

That was wonderful. I love a happy ending!

22 December 2007 at 09:33  

I love the happy ending! The part about the memories being a double edged sword is so true!

22 December 2007 at 15:10  

that was just lovely... i love anything with a "hook" to it!!!!!

22 December 2007 at 15:42  

I'd love to see her face when she walks in... as the happy tears start....

thanks for sharing!!


22 December 2007 at 18:38  

What a lovely story!

22 December 2007 at 19:59  

What a wonderful, well-written story!

22 December 2007 at 20:17  

What a wonderful, well-written story!

22 December 2007 at 20:17  

That was a nice surprise - her children really care - how wonderful for her.

23 December 2007 at 00:37  

I love this story! Happy endings are the best,especially on Christmas. My not so happy ending holiday memory is here:

23 December 2007 at 05:38  

What a sweet story! Great writing.

23 December 2007 at 05:47  

this gave me that "feels good" feeling...thanks for sharing!!

Happy Sunday

23 December 2007 at 09:50  

Really nice, how I wish I could have had the pleasure of being there for her too!

23 December 2007 at 16:59  

Wonderful. The love just comes oozing out of your words.

23 December 2007 at 20:31  

Lovely story! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by those you love!

24 December 2007 at 16:18  

what a beautiful hope of family at christmas...thank you

25 December 2007 at 02:48  

That's amazing. Wow. I was thinking it might turn that way but it was still a surprise.

4 January 2008 at 20:34  

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