Inheritance

November 28, 2018 at 2:26 pm 52 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 30 November 2018

Nick Allen
Photo Credit: Nick Allen

 
The familiar smell of grease greeted David as he opened his late father’s shed. He felt the love and care that he put into his tools.

“Someday, it’ll be all yours,” he remembered the old man as saying. “They’ll come in handy when you work in the same factory as I and your grandfather did.”

It wasn’t meant to be. He left town to pursue his dreams of seeing the world.

“David, is there something you want to keep?” his sister asked after the family home was sold.

“Nope, I’ve already got everything here,” he said, pointing to his heart.
 

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  • 1. Magaly Guerrero  |  November 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    The best parts of those we love do stay–bright and forever–in our hearts… So very sweet.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  November 28, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      magaly:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 3. granonine  |  November 28, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Aw he should take at least ONE oil can, just for old time’s sake 🙂

    A lovely story, really.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  November 28, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      linda:

      coming from you, i take it as a great compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 5. anuragbakhshi  |  November 28, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Such a sweet and touching tale.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  November 28, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      anurag:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 7. draliman  |  November 29, 2018 at 12:12 am

    What a lovely last line!

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    • 8. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 8:46 am

      draliman:

      thank you. for this story, i thought of the last line first and then worked my way up.

      Reply
  • 9. Iain Kelly  |  November 29, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Your David got off a lot better than my David did this week! Nice sentiment.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 8:48 am

      iain:

      thank for reading and commenting as usual. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 11. Keith's Ramblings  |  November 29, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Simply delightful.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 8:45 am

      keith:

      thank you for the encouraging comment.

      Reply
  • 13. Sandra  |  November 29, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Very nice. Lovely, in fact.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 8:45 am

      sandra:

      i’m glad it resonated somewhat. thank you.

      Reply
  • 15. Jelli  |  November 29, 2018 at 6:42 am

    A beautiful, yet sad, tale. Very lovely to read. He had what was important after all.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Jelli:

      he was a traveler. he learned to travel light.

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      • 17. Jelli  |  November 29, 2018 at 1:01 pm

        I get it. We have been homeless enough times to learn what is really important, and so we don’t have much materials.

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        • 18. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 10:47 pm

          jelli:

          bless your heart. you’re a survivor.

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          • 19. Jelli  |  November 30, 2018 at 4:51 am

            Indeed… and many have said it is by my sheer stubbornness that I have survived.

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            • 20. plaridel  |  November 30, 2018 at 6:32 pm

              jelli:

              it pays not to quit. when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

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              • 21. Jelli  |  December 2, 2018 at 7:43 am

                and going…. and going… hehe! 🙂 ❤

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                • 22. plaridel  |  December 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm

                  jelli:

                  awesome! 🙂

                  Reply
  • 23. lisarey1990  |  November 29, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Lovely read.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      lisa:

      thank you kindly.

      Reply
  • 25. Susan A Eames  |  November 29, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Ah, such a sweet story!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 26. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      susan:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 27. Abhijit Ray  |  November 29, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    What is material possession, when you have beautiful memories.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  November 29, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      abhijit:

      i couldn’t agree more.

      Reply
  • 29. rochellewisoff  |  November 30, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    David’s a sensitive and intuitive man. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 30. plaridel  |  November 30, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      rochelle:

      under the circumstances, i think you’re right.

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  • 31. Russell Gayer  |  November 30, 2018 at 4:12 am

    In this day and age, very few young men follow in thier father’s footsteps when it comes to occupations. My father was a farmer–a seven-day-a-week job with no vacations of paid holidays. No something I wanted for myself, but I do hold those memories of the farm work close in my heart. Well written, Plaridel.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  November 30, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      russell:

      same here. i think i had disappointed my father somewhat when i left to pursue another career.

      Reply
  • 33. Dale  |  November 30, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Things are just things that end up taking up room and collecting dust – in some cases, of course!

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    • 34. plaridel  |  November 30, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      dale:

      yes, i agree. that’s the reason why i don’t buy souvenirs anymore.

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      • 35. Dale  |  November 30, 2018 at 10:29 pm

        Neither do I!

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  • 36. jillyfunnell  |  November 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    As long as David remembers his father, they will still be bound together forever. But while things don’t matter like people do, there is a terrible poignancy in seeing them and dealing with them when you know you won’t see their owner any more.

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    • 37. plaridel  |  November 30, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      jilly:

      great insight on your part. thank you for sharing.

      Reply
  • 39. Violet Lentz  |  November 30, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Thrilled he was smart enough to know it. So many families are torn apart by who gets what.. . Excellent write.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  November 30, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      violet:

      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
  • 41. JoHawkTheWriter  |  December 1, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Lovely tale, you have hit on a truism that resonates with all of us. Nicely done.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  December 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      jo:

      i’m glad it resonated somewhat. thank you.

      Reply
  • 43. 4963andypop  |  December 2, 2018 at 6:05 am

    So rarely do children do exactly what their parents foresee them doing. But if they find value in their memories, the parent has done a good job. Nicely told.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  December 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      andrea:

      i appreciate your words of wisdom. thank you for sharing.

      Reply
  • 45. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  December 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I think that it’s a good thing he choose another path… and memories are what counts in the end.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  December 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      björn:

      true that. when all’s said and done, nothing would be left but memories.

      Reply
  • 47. Alicia Jamtaas  |  December 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, I love this ending. He didn’t reject his father at all.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  December 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      alicia:

      no, not all. he just didn’t to follow in his footsteps.

      Reply
  • 49. Brenda's Thoughts  |  December 3, 2018 at 7:29 am

    A touching tale and a great last line. Even though he didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps (and his grandfather’s), he felt their love. Nice!

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    • 50. plaridel  |  December 5, 2018 at 9:11 am

      brenda:

      thank you for the nice comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 51. Dawn M. Miller  |  December 3, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I like David.

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    • 52. plaridel  |  December 5, 2018 at 9:11 am

      dawn:

      you’re very kind. 🙂

      Reply

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