Through a friendly, comfortable neighborhood of big old trees and big old houses, and a Christmas-card coating of soft falling snow, Karin walks to the grocery store on an errand for her mother. She's thinking about her Uncle Jerry who always spends Christmas holidays with her family and who, it being Christmas Eve, should have arrived by now. A blizzard is coming, so if he doesn't get here soon he won't make it. Karin stops to feed the birds with Mr. Peabody, watches some newborn kittens in Marzollo's Italian Pastry and Coffee Shop, buys onions and milk from Mr. Abe Rosen who asks after Uncle Jerry, and is reminded of her uncle's kind attentions by all sorts of landmarks along the way. When she gets home his truck is in the driveway. She hesitates on the porch, prolonging ""the very best time--knowing he was here,"" then goes in to be greeted with the very words she knew he would say. The reverberations that make this sort of piece stand out are of limited duration and frequency here, but it's all pleasantly warm, snug, and easy to relate to.