The Stuff Her Mom Left Behind

January 6, 2021 at 2:05 pm 47 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 8 January 2021

Jan Wayne Fields
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Anna was overwhelmed by emotion looking at the stuff her mom left behind. For sure, they brought back many happy memories.

She knew she kept most of them for sentimental reasons like her old toys and childhood dresses. But now that she had passed away, it pained her that she couldn’t take them with her. Life had taught her to travel light and keep only what she needed.

Sorting them out, it was with a heavy heart that Anna had to decide which ones to donate to the Salvation Army and which ones to toss out in the recycling bin.


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  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  January 6, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    She will have the memories to hold on to. Nicely told.

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:56 am


      i’m sure she’ll treasure them forever.

  • 3. neilmacdon  |  January 6, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I wonder if her heart really would be heavy. If she’s someone who travels light, wouldn’t she think that her mother lived in her heart, not in her possessions?

    • 4. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:56 am


      i think the memory of her mother will always be in her heart.

  • 5. granonine  |  January 6, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Oh boy. Been there, done that. Not easy.

    • 6. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:55 am


      i know it could break your heart.

  • 7. Tannille  |  January 6, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I take a picture of an item if it holds memory. Much easier to part with and the memory is still there in photo form.

    • 8. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:54 am


      excellent idea. same with old photographs. after they’re scanned, the originals can be thrown away to save space.

  • 9. ceayr  |  January 7, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Perhaps another person’s memories are too fragile to hold on to?

    • 10. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:54 am


      i think we can keep the memories but not possessions deemed to be excess baggage.

  • 11. Keith's Ramblings  |  January 7, 2021 at 6:15 am

    Having gone through something similar a few months ago, this really struck a chord with me. What should go, what should stay?

    • 12. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am


      best rule is to keep only what you really need.

  • 13. bearmkwa  |  January 7, 2021 at 7:05 am

    It’s always a difficult choice. Great write.

    • 14. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

  • 15. Sandra  |  January 7, 2021 at 7:13 am

    Always a difficult task. And I’m never sure whether it’s better done sooner or later.

    • 16. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:52 am


      i think the sooner the better. less headaches to those who survive you.

  • 17. rogershipp  |  January 7, 2021 at 8:59 am

    This is always a difficult task.

    • 18. plaridel  |  January 7, 2021 at 10:52 am


      always has been, always will be for those left behind.

  • 19. Eugenia Parrish Author  |  January 7, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Oh, my, you touched me with this one. I had to do that exact thing with all the stuff my mother saved — I tried to get my niece to take the things that were her mother’s and not mine. She finally asked for them six years later. Lucky for her, I’d decided to schlep them all around the country!

    • 20. plaridel  |  January 8, 2021 at 4:14 pm


      it was a decision i’m sure your mom would be proud of.

  • 21. rochellewisoff  |  January 8, 2021 at 4:02 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    This brought back memories for me. I had to do the same thing after my mom passed away. I was surprised to find among things tucked away in her dresser was one of my baby dresses.
    Touching story that seems to have stricken a chord with a few of us.



    • 22. plaridel  |  January 8, 2021 at 4:12 pm


      thank you for the nice comment. deeply appreciated.

  • 23. draliman  |  January 8, 2021 at 5:30 am

    A sad task that most must endure at some point.

    • 24. plaridel  |  January 8, 2021 at 4:11 pm


      it must be heartbreaking indeed.

  • 25. Brenda's Thoughts  |  January 8, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    When the pandemic is over and I can travel home, I have this to look forward to, sorting through old things and getting rid of. I know it won’t be easy. I felt her pain. Well-done, Plaridel!

    • 26. plaridel  |  January 8, 2021 at 4:10 pm


      great decision on your part. i’m sure many will find use for them if donated to charity instead of just gathering dust.

  • 27. Dora  |  January 8, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    A melancholy chore. Her practical nature comes to the rescue. I like this line that characterizes that quality acutely: “Life had taught her to travel light and keep only what she needed.”

    • 28. plaridel  |  January 8, 2021 at 4:10 pm


      what a generous comment. deeply appreciated.

      • 29. Dora  |  January 8, 2021 at 5:02 pm

        My pleasure, Plaridel.

        • 30. plaridel  |  January 10, 2021 at 9:23 am


          thanks again. 🙂

  • 31. pennygadd51  |  January 9, 2021 at 9:31 am

    A poignant story, Plaridel. Nicely written.

    • 32. plaridel  |  January 10, 2021 at 9:23 am


      you’re very kind. thank you.

  • 33. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  January 9, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Touching yet sorrowful all in one story.
    Nicely done … Be Safe 😷 … Isadora ğŸ˜Ž

    • 34. plaridel  |  January 10, 2021 at 9:23 am


      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

  • 35. msjadeli  |  January 9, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Not a job I ever hope to have to do with my mom. My brother took care of all of my dad’s stuff.

    • 36. plaridel  |  January 10, 2021 at 9:22 am


      i guess it’s wise to clean up your own, too, while still alive to prevent those left behind the headaches of disposing them. 🙂

  • 38. Girl in Niagara  |  January 10, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    That is a tough one for sure. Been there, done that. Since we’ve been home during the pandemic many people are cleaning out their homes. That saves someone else from doing it for us. Good story Plaridel.

    • 39. plaridel  |  January 13, 2021 at 10:46 am

      girl in niagara:

      that’s very true. why hold on to what you don’t really need?

  • 40. Michael  |  January 11, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Well told. I wanted to say more.

    • 41. plaridel  |  January 13, 2021 at 10:46 am


      darn, you’re probably right.

  • 42. Fatima Fakier  |  January 11, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I’m sure there are many people going through this right now with the pandemic. I think it is a good sign of a healthy grieving process for Anna that she is sticking to her ‘travel light’ ways – and not getting caught up in sentimental ways that for her might be a sign that she can’t process her mother’s death.

    • 43. plaridel  |  January 13, 2021 at 10:46 am


      i appreciate the insight. thank you.

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