The Heirloom

January 25, 2017 at 3:09 pm 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 27 January 2017

Note: My initial response to this challenge was a little macabre. You can read it here: http://wp.me/p6FwZ-2gJ

Al Forbes

Photo Credit: Al Forbes

The classic Ford Model N was her dad’s most precious possession. Tara inherited it after he passed away.

The car brought back the happy times they had. At the same time, it put her in a bind. Married to a military man who moved around a lot, she had learned to travel light. The heirloom was a luxury she couldn’t keep.

After taking a picture, Tara decided to donate it to a local charity auction. It wasn’t what her dad would have wanted, but Tara felt he’d understand as long as she held on to the memories it left behind.

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  • 1. neilmacdon  |  January 25, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Our possessions anchor us. Our memories centre us. I liked your take on this

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    • 2. plaridel  |  January 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      neil:

      what a perceptive comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 3. Dale  |  January 25, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Tied down by “stuff” – good for her on being able to let go.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  January 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      dale:

      i think “things” tie us down. they don’t allow us to move on.

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      • 5. Dale  |  January 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm

        So absolutely true. I have a truckload to unload!

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        • 6. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 9:40 am

          dale:

          that’s very smart. unloading could leave space for new ones. 🙂

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          • 7. Dale  |  January 26, 2017 at 9:46 am

            True story!

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            • 8. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm

              dale:

              you bet. 🙂

              Reply
  • 9. michael1148humphris  |  January 25, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    She did right

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    • 10. plaridel  |  January 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      michael:

      she had no choice.

      Reply
  • 11. michael1148humphris  |  January 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Ps I should have added that I would keep everything if I could

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    • 12. plaridel  |  January 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      michael:

      i’m with you. 🙂

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  • 13. wmqcolby  |  January 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Actually, a very nice gesture on her part. Nice story, Plaridel.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 9:39 am

      kent:

      i thought so, too. under the circumstaces, that was the best to honor her dad.

      Reply
  • 15. Joy Pixley  |  January 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    The memory is the important part, good point. We can’t hang onto the “stuff” forever.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 9:39 am

      joy:

      that’s true. what good are “stuff” if we can’t remember what they are for.

      Reply
  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  January 26, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    It doesn’t sound like an easy decision for Tara. Interesting that both f our stories had a Ford Model N.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 18. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

      rochelle:

      i had the same car in mine because i happened to read your story first. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. Iain Kelly  |  January 26, 2017 at 2:57 am

    A nice touch. We attach so much to material objects, when really it is the memories that matter.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

      iain:

      that’s true. our departed loved ones would continue to exist only for as long as we remember them.

      Reply
  • 21. rgayer55  |  January 26, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Let’s hope it found a good home. My wife has some treasure now that I’m sure our children won’t cherish. I suspect they’ll end up at auction someday or in a garage sale.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

      russell:

      sadly, that’s how life goes. everything has an expiration date.

      Reply
  • 23. draliman  |  January 26, 2017 at 5:22 am

    The memories are the most important thing.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

      draliman:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 25. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover  |  January 26, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I liked this thought provoking piece. I agree that its the memories she needs to honor not the car.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      life lessons of a dog lover:

      nothing’s worth much if we don’t remember.

      Reply
  • 27. Christine Goodnough  |  January 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    She’s kept the most important part. Good little glimpse of life and choices.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  January 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      christine:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 29. Handmade Jewelry Haven  |  January 26, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Wow. This almost made me cry. I remember when my dad passed I wanted to keep everything…and nothing at the same time.

    Thanks for sharing.

    – Lisa

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    • 30. plaridel  |  January 28, 2017 at 9:57 am

      lisa:

      i feel your pain. it must have been tough to be in that situation.

      Reply
  • 31. Alicia Jamtaas  |  January 27, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I agree with Neil. Keep the memories, let go of the junk. Nice take on the prompt.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  January 28, 2017 at 9:57 am

      alicia:

      yes, why keep what you don’t need? better get rid of the junk and let somebody make use of it.

      Reply
  • 33. Michael Wynn  |  January 29, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Good take on the prompt. It’s true the memories are the most important thing, so long as she will still have them without the object that delivers them.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  January 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      mick:

      yes, in the end, that’s all the matter.

      Reply
  • 35. Sandra  |  January 29, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I’m something of a minimalist myself, when it comes to possessions. I hope she, like me, doesn’t regret that.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  January 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      sandra:

      if we don’t need it, why keep it? “things” tend to hold us down.

      Reply
  • 37. Liz Young  |  January 29, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Good story, and she made the right decision. I’ve been remembering my father this week – it was his birthday yesterday – and all I have of his is his wedding ring. We don’t need things.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  January 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      liz:

      it was a tough decision, indeed, but it was the right one.

      Reply
  • 39. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  January 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Yes, memories are much more important than material objects. Sweet story.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  January 31, 2017 at 10:03 am

      dawn:

      absolutely. thank you.

      Reply
  • 41. patriciaruthsusan  |  February 1, 2017 at 7:57 am

    It’s hard to keep material things you treasure if you move a lot. I’ve given up a lot. Things also get damaged and you wish you’d found them a good home. Good writing, Plaridel. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 42. plaridel  |  February 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      suzanne:

      one benefit of moving is the opportunity to unload stuff you don’t need anymore. 🙂

      Reply

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