Just Memories, Friday Fictioneers

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Photo credit : Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit : Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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“Mother, you won’t need all of this crap. Now please pack your clothing in the designated bin.”

“This is my home.”

“We’ve talked about this a million times.”

No talking, just lectures and plans “for my own good”.

“The river is dangerous.”

I taught you to swim here.

“God, what are all these dust collectors? Hand me the trash bin.”

Just memories: my father’s clock, vases from a lover, a sailboat from my dead son.

Memories that even you can’t take away from me.

“Yes, dear. Now why are we packing?”

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  1. This is not a very compassionate daughter. The mother’s compensation will be the thought that her daughter will get older too. A place that doesn’t give you room to bring keepsakes isn’t a good place.

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  2. The clash between practicality and sentimentality can be quite painful. I hope to learn some lessons and make it easy for my children when the time comes …and hope I remember my lessons .

    Well written Tracey. Will start following your new blog site too.

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  3. Decluttering now and it’s a dusty business. Memories stay fresh though. Sad for the lady though, mean of her daughter to throw all of the trinkets away

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  4. I love the line about the mother’s memories. What a zinger! She’s got some good ones in there just for her. It’s hard to know how to help someone up in their years. You know what’s good for them and yet it seems because they are in their last years, they should do what they like. Great story, Tracey. I like the new blog!

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  5. I’ve just been through this. My mother had to move into a smaller place and she had so much stuff. It just wouldn’t fit. I’m doing the same as you – getting rid of my own clutter. Also, I’ve made up some ‘treasure boxes’ for keepsakes, and they’re organised and labelled so no-one could possibly mistake them for ‘junk’. I love how you dealt with this difficult issue in your story, Tracey. The words, and the silent thoughts, of the mother are very moving.

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  6. Good story. We had to move my mother to a nursing home when her Alzheimer’s became advanced and her body started to break down as well as her mind. She hung on for six more years, living to be almost 93. She seemed to recognize we were her family when we visited. They took great care of her. — Suzanne

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