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She thought that she was going to die at age 92 because two of her older sisters had died at that age.  We wondered that whole year that she turned 92 if her belief was going to come to fruition.  But no, it didn’t.  She lived on past 95.

We cleared out the remnants of her house later that year.  Had started while she was still alive, weeding through all her kept memorabilia—some over eighty years old.

This folding chair was unwanted.  We didn’t remember where it had come from but now it could become someone else’s future memory.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields leads us in Friday Fictioneers to write a complete story in 100 words.
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  1. And so life goes. Nicely done.

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  2. That’s a long time to hold on, in more ways than one.


  3. Yes, there comes a time when familiar objects have outlasted their place. No matter how nostalgic or sentimental they are.


  4. That captures the bitter-sweet emotions of dealing with that stage in our family life.


    • Yes, it’s bittersweet. I think many people feel that if they were given something by a loved one that you shouldn’t dare get rid of it. But then it’s left to the ones left behind to deal with…sad.


  5. Dear Gayle,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. Oh those things we cling to because of the memories they represent. Sweet and poignant story.




    • Shalom, Rochelle and thank you for the welcome. I have participated before but it’s been years and I always enjoyed it. Thank you for your comment too and I agree, we cling to so much–maybe from the fear of forgetting?


  6. YEAH … so happy you decided to hop on board the FF train.
    This story is relatable, Gayle. As we age, we need to downsize and illuminate.
    Some find it harder than others. I’m not an anything keeper but I do have 28 years of collecting art. You showcased the thing of the hear for things we probably don’t really need.
    Have a wonderful weekend … Izzy 😎❤️


  7. Welcome to FF, Gayle! Wonderful first story 🙂
    The survivors are always left with stuff that means nothing to them…


    • Thanks for the nice welcome, Dale. I’ve participated before with FF but it’s been years. It’s nice to join in again. There are six of us siblings and there was so much that none of us wanted or we were so far away that it would be impossible to get even if we wanted something.

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      • Ahh,… then welcome back 😉
        And I get it. Not that I have been faced with anyone who left a bunch behind.. well, none other than my husband but that was all stuff I knew so it doesn’t count the same way 🙂


  8. Wonderful story, Gayle. It reminded me when my neighbor died at 99. Her family discovered that she had maintained ten storage lockers for years.

    Welcome back. Hope to see more stories. 🙂


    • Thank you, Bill! TEN storage lockers?! I immediately thought of that show Storage Wars (or something similar) where people would bid on abandoned storage units. Sometimes there was treasures and sometimes just junk. 🙂 And thank you for the welcome back too.

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  9. I like how you move from their musings about her sisters and their respective ages to the task of sorting out her possessions when she passes. That little insight brings them all to life so vividly. I can relate to their experience, having done it myself more than once. It’s not fun.



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