What do you see # 60 – 14 December 2020

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( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows an outdoor scene. An old fashioned radio is placed next to a couple of candles and a wicker basket. Behind the radio is a pot full of blooming red flowers)

It was the candles that were the clue. The radio, baskets and flowers were always the same, but the candles were different.
They’d been used, and that wouldn’t do. No, that wouldn’t do at all.
Everything had to be just so…………. exact in fact……….. to a photograph in her possession.
It was the only thing to give her comfort and the only reassurance she would accept.

She came in before things could be rectified, and took her place in the chair alongside the table. She touched the photo that was always in her bosom pocket, close to her heart, then as was her normal routine, turned the radio on. Music from yesteryear was discretely placed on a loop so it never differed from what she remembered.
The staff breathed a sigh of relief that she hadn’t noticed any change, then were stunned when she removed a small matchbox from her pocket and lit the two larger candles.
Blowing out the match, she smiled through the wispy smoke.
‘He can find me now,’ she said softly.
And with that, she sat down, closed her eyes and peacefully passed away.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour 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! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to What do you see # 60 – 14 December 2020

  1. Sadje says:

    A sweet story Di. Sometimes the end is not sad but a happy reunion. Thanks for joining in with this lovely story.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Oh. oh. This got me. (I’ve got to go get a tissue! )

  3. Chris Hall says:

    This is really lovely, Di, an audible ‘ah’ just left my lips 🙂

  4. jenanita01 says:

    Definitely an ‘ah’ story, Di…

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