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What do they mean to you? (Friday Fictioneers)

January 7, 2021
PHOTO PROMPT @ Jan Wayne Fields

These are the things that make a life.

When that life is gone, all that is left are items to discard. There is often no knowledge of the memories attached to them, or the meaning of why they were kept. Why was there a desire not to lose them? Why were they not thrown out or used again?

It’s just … stuff.

These are earth items. From before. I have no idea what they are or why he kept them. He was only on earth a short time. But they were important to him.

I just wish I knew why.

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  1. A wonderfully reflective piece, Laurie

  2. So true, I always wonder why people keep some strange stuff. Of course all my stuff (completely useless) is special. I’ll throw it out one day when she throws me out too.

  3. We can never really know someone, or what goes on inside their heads. Happy New Year Laurie, hope you are safe and well.

  4. bearmkwa permalink

    We often find ourselves stumped by reasons as we sort through a person’s worldly possessions after death… yet. if we did know the story, perhaps we would keep them, too.

    • Yes exactly. Sometimes it’s more the association and the memory attached rather than the item itself

  5. A question often asked. I wonder what they’ll make of mine! A thought-provoking piece Laurie

    My story!

  6. How I longed to know the answer when I cleaned out my mother’s things. You’ve reminded me how much I regret never just asking her. Very well done.

  7. Dear Laurie,

    We all have our reasons for clinging to certain items others might call trash, don’t we? Nicely done.



  8. Rather mysterious–he was on earth for only a short time, Earth items–from before. . . I have lots of questions!

  9. One day this will be reality, nobody will know what any of these things are. Very good writing.

  10. This reminds me of a book I’m reading with respect to our Ego and material things. When we say something is ours giveaway part of our identity or our “being”. Well Done Laura.

  11. Michael Humphris permalink

    One can learn to value items. Each item I keep has a memory attached to it, yes it is hard to let go,

  12. Gwen M. Plano permalink

    I love your reflection – sensitive, thoughtful, and all too real. Who doesn’t have a corner like this on their desk. 🙂

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