#WRITEPHOTO – Restoration

Home is where the heart is, but what happened to the heart that was once home?
Left to rot, only memories linger and a sad smile of melancholy at what was.
Sitting back in the comfort of soft leather, she twisted the stem of the Dutch crystal with well manicured hands.
Such a contrast to hands roughened by hard work, blistered and chapped, dirt trapped beneath broken nails.
She’d kept them together. Working during the day and again at night to put a roof over their heads, food in their bellies and clothes on their backs. Shoes were optional, but sometimes they were lucky.

Yet there was a lot of laughter here, young childish giggles as they went to bed by candlelight, teeth cleaned, prayers said, tucked up under threadbare covers and handmade crochet blankets, huddled together to preserve body heat.
Yet they had survived and a chance meeting had changed their lives, but none forgot their roots.

She wound down the window and beckoned the young man to approach.
Everything was ready, she just had to say the word.

The house was to be demolished, too far gone to be restored, but in its place would stand new properties, new hope and a new start for young families with dreams. She never lost sight of her dreams, and her heart was bursting when she thought of ‘Home’.

Restoration – Image by KL Caley
For visually challenged writers, the image shows a large home with bay windows and pillared doorways but it’s all fallen into a dilapidated state.

Written for KL Caley’s Write Photo challenge 30th June 2022

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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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15 Responses to #WRITEPHOTO – Restoration

  1. murisopsis says:

    You wove this tale so well it seemed effortless!

  2. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Lovely tale, very heartening

  3. Sadje says:

    Lovely story Di

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Sad and beautiful 💜🥺

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  6. Carol anne says:

    Oh this is awesome Di! I loved it! ❤

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  8. Jemima Pett says:

    So sad they went down the demolition route…

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