Author's Note: I decided to challenge myself by writing an ongoing short story. Kiki Lowenstein's friend and co-worker Margit has neglected her own health while caring for her mother, who has dementia. In addition to worrying about Margit, Kiki has a problem. One of the gifts she bought for Anya is missing. Although Kiki searches high and low, she can't find the gold chain she bought to accompany Anya's Star of David. Meanwhile, Margit's mother has taken a turn for the worse. Could this turn out to be the most horrible Christmas ever?
Read Kiki Lowenstein and the Missing Gift, Part V here --
Margit’s mother passed away two days before Christmas. A call from the nurse on duty had hurried our friend to the memory care facility. I kept in touch with Mrs. Claws, the caregiver in charge, and she told me, “It was an easy passing. She slipped into a coma and only awakened once, briefly. But Mrs. Eichen was by her mother’s side the whole time.”
Detweiler gave me a sad smile. “We’ll play it by ear. She’s welcome, of course, but she might not feel like surrounding herself with the noise of happy kids opening presents. I couldn’t blame her. Maybe we can slip away around lunch and check on her.”
To all my readers and friends, I wish you many, many miracles! Thanks for following along as I wrote this story.