Friday Fictioneers: Haunted by Knick Knacks

I back into the driveway, carry my clothes inside and hang them in my old closet. It feels strange being here, alone, mom and dad both gone but all their things cluttered around me.

So many things. Souvenirs, collections of plates, thimbles, spoons, mugs; more. What in the world am I going to do with all this stuff?

It’s all mine now. That’s what my sisters tell me. I deserve it they say. I was the one who cared for them, stayed close when they moved out west. As I look around I wonder if it’s a reward or a punishment.

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

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48 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Haunted by Knick Knacks

  1. When my Dad passed away six months ago, my brother and I discovered he’d kept everything he ever owned, no matter how old. I can’t recall how many trips we made to the landfill to get rid of all that broken stuff.

    Now there’s just Mom, and when she passes someday, my brother and I will go through this again.


  2. Dear Dawn,

    I remember going through my mom’s things after she passed away. It felt so wrong. All those jewelry pieces and clothes I played dress up with as a child were now all mine. I felt your MC’s pain. And the last line is the icing on the literary cake. Well done.




  3. I was just discussing this very issue with friends — parents whose homes are filled with junk, left to their children to sort through in the end. Maybe the narrator’s sister thought it was a decent trade-off for giving up the house, to have someone else have to deal with all that stuff.


  4. This has hit a nerve from all the comments! My mother regularly complains about junk in my dad’s old office now he’s no longer here, but then doesn’t want us to sort it out as it seems like too much bother…


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