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Mrs Strudel's Christmas

by Jonathan Hill
Originally published by on 28/12/2014

Christmas was a balancing act for Mrs Strudel as she struggled to ensure that her guests left alive. The problem was that her family’s medical notes needed a separate filing cabinet at the local surgery.

She spent hours checking ingredients for her nut-allergic nephew and gluten-free granddaughter. She twiddled the thermostat so that it accommodated both her sister’s asthma and niece’s skin condition. Just before everyone arrived, she dived for the fairy lights, changing them from flickering to constant for her epileptic cousin.

The day went swimmingly, but then Mrs Strudel collapsed with a heart attack while waving everyone off.

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