Mrs. Wickerbeet, who usually wraps gifts at the toy shop, will not be able to fulfill her duties this Christmas season. A flare-up of rheumatism that sent the beloved nonagenarian to the clinic last night will also keep her away from the wrapping table for the remainder of the year.
At Mrs. Wickerbeet's request, her great-granddaughter, Hildy, will act as her temporary replacement. As Hildy is only seven years old, toy-shop patrons should not expect the same level of service that they are used to. Nevertheless, the staff asks that her efforts be praised effusively.