The Hoarder

October 19, 2022 at 4:30 pm 32 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 21 October 2022

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
Abby’s mom was a hoarder. She hardly threw stuff away. It got worse after her husband passed away.

Every time she came to visit, Abby complained about the clutter all over the place.

“The house needs a breather,“ Abby told her mom. “Why don’t you just keep whatever you need?”

But her mom couldn’t decide what to keep and what to get rid of.

Nature came to the rescue when the house was destroyed by the recent wildfire.

Although her mom survived, Abby wondered how she’d recover from losing all her possessions. But she had faith that eventually she would.

 

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32 Comments Add your own

  • 1. trishsplace  |  October 19, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Oh, drastic way to declutter. Hope Mum gets a new lease on life – hopefully she had home and contents insurance. 👍

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 20, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      trish:

      yes, it was kind of harsh indeed.

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  October 20, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Maybe she’ll discover she didn’t need them

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 20, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      neil:

      i hope so.

      Reply
  • 5. James McEwan  |  October 20, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Did Abby start the fire? I would have.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  October 20, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      james:

      of course, she didn’t. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. Keith's Ramblings  |  October 20, 2022 at 6:27 am

    Being forced to leave the past behind and start anew could turn out for the better or worst. Hopefully, Abby’s confidence isn’t misplaced.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  October 20, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      keith:

      as long as one is alive, there’s hope for a new beginning.

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  October 20, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I recently spoke to a friend who says she’s learned to let go after living through and losing it all in two hurricanes. Sad that that’s what it takes sometimes. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  October 20, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      rochelle:

      i know what you mean.

      Reply
  • 11. dorahak  |  October 20, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    I have a feeling Abby’s faith will prove true.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  October 23, 2022 at 8:55 pm

      dora:

      it pays to think positive. 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. Tannille  |  October 20, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    I have heard without therapy to address psychological issues, it’s a case of once a hoarder, always a hoarder.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  October 23, 2022 at 8:55 pm

      tannille:

      good point.

      Reply
  • 15. Whispered Words  |  October 21, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I have a hoarding relative. I wonder ( and get anxious) often what would happen if a fire started in his house.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  October 23, 2022 at 8:55 pm

      whispered words:

      it’s time to declutter. but would he listen? that’s the question.

      Reply
  • 17. Bill  |  October 23, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Oh, the fun begins with a new disorder: shopping. Well done.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  October 23, 2022 at 8:55 pm

      bill:

      why not? when the new house is built, it needs to be furnished. 🙂

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      • 19. Bill  |  October 23, 2022 at 9:21 pm

        Exactly!

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        • 20. plaridel  |  October 25, 2022 at 10:35 am

          bill:

          🙂

          Reply
  • 21. Alicia Jamtaas  |  October 23, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Yikes! What a way to declutter! But! It’s good she survived.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  October 23, 2022 at 8:54 pm

      alicia:

      she was lucky in that regard.

      Reply
  • 23. granonine  |  October 23, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    A devastating event–I always think of family pictures, treasured memories that can never be retrieved.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  October 23, 2022 at 8:54 pm

      linda:

      i know, i know.

      Reply
  • 25. Dahlia  |  October 23, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Abby’s mom sounds like my mom 😀

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 25, 2022 at 10:34 am

      dahlia:

      it goes with the territory. 🙂

      Reply
  • 27. msjadeli  |  October 24, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Talk about a feeling ambivalence. Guessing the mom was devastated at losing all of the stuff, but I’m betting that some part of her was also relieved. Hoping she doesn’t start up a new collection. Time will tell… Good take on that image, Plaridel.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  October 25, 2022 at 10:34 am

      msjadeli:

      well, shopping can help. it’s physically stimulating like comfort food. 🙂

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      • 29. msjadeli  |  October 25, 2022 at 10:53 am

        🙂 Indeed!

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        • 30. plaridel  |  October 26, 2022 at 5:26 pm

          msjadeli:

          🙂

          Reply
  • 31. Heather Musk  |  October 27, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    A very drastic way to clear the clutter, but perhaps a much-needed one. I hope she can find peace with what she has left.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  October 28, 2022 at 11:01 am

      heather:

      yes, it was about time for her to move on.

      Reply

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