First Line: In late fall, the record man put six or seven Christmas songs on the E Z Way Inn jukebox.
Anyone who's familiar with Sharon Fiffer's marvelous Jane Wheel mysteries knows all about the E Z Way Inn in Kankakee, Illinois. This short story is part memory and part wishful thinking... and just the thing to read during the holiday season.
Sharon's parents Don and Nellie work hard each and every day at the E Z Way Inn, and it's rare for the place to ever be closed. But this year, it's going to be closed on Christmas Day. This year twenty-seven relatives will be crowded around a small table in a small house-- but they will all learn that there's always room for one more.
This lovely little story boosted my Christmas spirit and brought back memories of my own special family holiday gatherings. The author is sharing a slice of a child's life and the things that were most important to her: life at the E Z Way Inn, her parents, her siblings, surviving parochial school, and Christmas. I would imagine that this short but very evocative story will put a smile on your face as well... and perhaps remind you, too, that everyone wants to be remembered during the holidays.
"An E Z Way Inn Christmas" by Sharon Fiffer
Sharon Fiffer © 2014
eBook, 15 pages