What do you See? May 28/2019

Thanks to Hélène for another What do You See challenge.

Merry Christmas

‘Aren’t you going to open it?’ Alice asked her mother.
‘Eventually, but not now.’
‘But aren’t you curious?’
Alice had found the neatly wrapped parcel when hanging up her coat and brought it into the lounge.
Jean smiled.
‘Not as curious as you obviously, but no, I shall open it later.’
‘Have you any idea what’s in it?’
‘Some……………..’
‘Aw Mum! Don’t keep me in suspense!’
‘Alice, sweetheart. I’ll let you know. Now you’d better go and collect Oliver from school.’

Jean watched her daughter drive away, then went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea.
She sat down and looked at it, absentmindedly raising the mug of steaming liquid to her mouth and scalding her lip.
She knew exactly what was in the box, but doubted if Alice could understand.
It was the first gift John had ever given her all those years ago, a time when they had no money and only each other. He had perfectly wrapped an empty box and told her it was forever filled with his love.
She had never opened it, afraid that should she do so, his love would be lost forever, the same as he was to her now, struck down by cancer some eight months before.
But she had the memories. Forty seven years of memories to be exact.
And a box of love that could never be replaced.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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25 Responses to What do you See? May 28/2019

  1. Jen Goldie says:

    Beautiful and so poignant. Lovely write 🙂

  2. Lovely story. Couldn’t stop until I finished it.

  3. jenanita01 says:

    A lovely idea and wonderful story…

  4. Love this! Tugged at my heartstring, for sure. ❤

  5. Michael says:

    Lovely response Di, well done, very heart felt.

  6. Chris Hall says:

    That’s lovely!

  7. Pingback: What do you See? Roundup May 28/2019 | Willow Poetry

  8. pvcann says:

    What a wonderful and soulful love story.

  9. sgeoil says:

    Beautiful sentiment!

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