Convivial Wintry Chill

Thanks to Dale for the lonely winter scene, which is this week’s prompt selected by Rochelle. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the cold weather is over for this season, and looking forward to our annual day of sunshine in Scotland. Okay, maybe two days in July.

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Convivial Wintry Chill

Good morning, a blue sky and glorious hot sunshine. I can’t resist sitting out in only my shorts and never mind the sun cream. Usually, I get a tanned face on the ski slopes, but today I am going for a full body glow, never mind the cold.

Samantha used this chair on picnics and trips to the beach. Ah, happy, wonderful summer days with tomato and ham sandwiches, Victoria sponge and mouthfuls of Pinot Grigio. Our boys splashed to tease and torment Buster, barking frantically.

I miss Samantha. Oh, why?

Tomorrow, I will burn this chair, with its memories.

37 responses to “Convivial Wintry Chill

  1. Poor chair! Memories can be powerful. Bittersweet.

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  2. Objects to acquire the emotional power of those associated with them, don’t they?

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  3. Dear James,

    It sounds like he’s ready to move on. Not so sure about sunbathing in the winter, though. Burrr.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. I think you should keep it.

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  5. At first I thought your MC’s actions were driven by grief, but then the phrase, ‘Oh. why?’ brought me to an abrupt halt. Did the MC have a part in causing Samantha’s death, I wondered?

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  6. It sounds like he is about to begin a transitional period. I hope burning the chair is a symbolic gesture of his readiness. Good descriptions that pull the reader in.

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  7. It seems the chair is prompting scenes of loss all around. Nicely done

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  8. I hope it will be given a ceremonial cremation, it deserves it!

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  9. michael1148humphris

    Anger and grief came over, as to the mix, you let the read decide, spot on

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  10. Damn chair! Its job is to hold butts, not memories.

    It’s odd how those seemingly insignificant objects can hold such power. Well told tale.

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  11. You brought that story around well in very few words. Nicely done, James.

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  12. Seems that photo brought up many of the same ideas of death and loss. Do you mean to say that you only get two days of sunshine a year?! I know you must be kidding…right?

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  13. Oh, so sad. The memories the chair evokes.

    And yet I am suddenly so so hungry

    Like

  14. When life leaves the user, the remaining objects can be either comforting or painful reminders. Well done.

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  15. As a Canadian, I totally get the sunbathing in the snow! It is refreshing and uplifting. Too bad the chair needs to be sacrificed… I guess he doesn’t want to be reminded of those lovely memories – which is the saddest part to me.
    Well done, James.

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  16. The memories sound wonderful, but if he wants to burn the chair, she might have left him. Or not? There are many reasons to ask why and be mad at fate. Very lively images and atmosphere, chilly and warm at the same time.

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  17. Some objects from another person, don’t bring comfort to the one left with it.
    Hopefully, the memories will be in his heart and mind.
    Have a good weekend … Isadora 😎

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  18. If the chair disturbs his peace and brings to mind only his grief and loss, then he’ll be better off without it. Sometimes favourite objects bring comfort when a loved one is gone. It all depends, I guess. I like how you move the focus from his enjoyment of the winter sun to Samantha, via the chair. Smoothly done.

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  19. Patricia Clair

    I really enjoyed this – and I do believe the chair would make great kindling for a nice little fire to keep him warm in his shorts!

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