Sentimental Bric-a-Brac 

Gifting items to Charity or Second Hand shops gives you a satisfactory feeling that the once treasured piece will find a new home. Better than it going to the rubbish landfill site. Although, buying something else to fill that space, kind of defeats the idea of having a clear out. I have known someone who has regretted giving away an item then spends days looking for a similar replacement!

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Sentimental Bric-a-Brac 

I called him Grandad since he would come by and ask the same question.
‘Is it here, yet?’

Occasionally, I invited him in for tea and biscuits. He told me his wife brought it into the shop when she was angry with him, because he went fishing on their first anniversary. She passed recently, and he wants it back.

‘Someone will return it.’ He seemed convinced. ‘They always do.’
He would not say what it was. How was I to know?

‘Is it here yet?’
‘Maybe tomorrow.’

Now, I haven’t seen him for months.
Perhaps he found it at home.

31 responses to “Sentimental Bric-a-Brac 

  1. Clever that the narrator never knows what it is

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  2. Oh my, a sign of his demise?
    I’m sure the saleswoman will begin to worry if he never returns.
    I hope he’s decided to forget the whole looking thing. Probably not.
    I am wondering what he was looking for.
    Isadora 😎

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  3. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently

    It makes me want to do some exploring in the shop myself. This activatied my imagination. Well done.

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  4. Intriguing! Has he found it? Has he passed on? Who knows?

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  5. I must wonder about a man who went fishing on his first anniversary. Good grief.
    I hope he was not a slow learner. Maybe the “it” is the end of the story. 🙂

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  6. I loved how this just left us wondering

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  7. i wanted to believe he has already found what he was looking for.

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  8. That was incredibly poignant.

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  9. Dear James,

    Ah…you left me wondering what it was he was looking for. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  10. I wonder what that marriage was like. Poignant and clever story.

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  11. I kind of look at bric-a-brac as physical manifestations of memories, many with emotions attached. My heart goes out to the person who gave the wrong piece away…

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  12. Oh. I hope the reason she hasn’t seen him isn’t because he too has passed but rather he found what he was looking for. This is quite sad, James

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  13. I like the open-endedness of this. Whatever has happened at the end, his regret and loss carry the impact of the story.

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  14. What happened next you left us wondering.?. good one

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  15. Very mysterious. What was he looking for? Where did he go?

    I know a guy whose wife donated a bunch of his stuff without his knowledge. He bought it all back.

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