Remembrances

“Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah…” Natalie sang softly.

Her husband called from the other room, “What?”

“Strumming on the old banjo,” she finished before calling back.  “It’s a song my grandmother used to sing.”  Natalie smiled sadly as a pang of nostalgia shivered through her.

~~

Adeline opened the door to a delivery boy of the Heavenly Postal Service.  

“It’s a special delivery,” he said, smiling.

When Adeline opened the package, a song, slightly out of tune, wafted over her, “Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah…”

Adeline slept well that night in the warm embrace of her granddaughter’s remembrance.

~~

This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.  The photo this week was provided by Ted Strutz.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here

Thank you for stopping by! Stay safe, stay well.

48 Comments Add yours

  1. Bear says:

    A beautiful story, indeed! Loved it!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Bear! Thanks for letting me know. =)

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    That is a beautiful idea. Well done 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Iain! I like the thought that those whom we love know when we remember and miss them. =)

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  3. plaridel says:

    remembrance is key to immortality. even in death, we’d continue to live for as long as somebody remembers us.

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    1. I like that a lot, Plaridel! =)

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  4. granonine says:

    Aw, that’s really a lovely picture. Well done.

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda, for your kind comment! =)

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  5. Tannille says:

    Aww. I hope this is real! Love this world.

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    1. I hope this is real as well, that those we love know when we think of them. Thanks so much for the nice comment, T! =)

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  6. ceayr says:

    I’m utterly impressed that you wrote this without getting maudlin, but your touch was perfect.
    Love it.

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    1. I’m smiling, so glad you enjoyed! The story was based on my off-key rendition of the song and the conversation that ensued with my husband. The next day the photo prompt seemed too perfect not to connect the two. =)

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  7. Sandra says:

    Beautifully nostalgic. Well done.

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    1. Thank you for the very kind comment, Sandra! =)

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  8. Dear Brenda,

    Aw that was just lovely. Brava!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle. What a sweet comment! =)

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  9. draliman says:

    I hope this really happens 🙂

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    1. Me too! I like to believe it does. =)

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  10. Ann Coleman says:

    I loved this…both the story and the idea. Those old memories and old songs are the best, and remind us that we never really lose the people we love.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I do love when those memories surface. My grandmother was always singing and bee-bopping around. She was a bright spark, and I often remember the songs she used to sing. =)

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  11. Simply beautiful Brenda.

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    1. Thank you so much, Keith, that’s very sweet! =)

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  12. Dora says:

    So lovely! You struck all the right notes with this one, Brenda. 🙂

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    1. I’m very glad you enjoyed it and that I struck the right notes. Unfortunately, I don’t do that when I sing though (haha). =)

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  13. Dale says:

    Oh wow, Brenda… this is beautiful. I went back to read it a second time, just to savour it. Beautiful writing.

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    1. Your comments made my day. I’m smiling and very happy you enjoyed the story, Dale. =)

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      1. Dale says:

        Sweet! 🙂

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  14. msjadeli says:

    Fun mish-mash of past and present, waking and dreaming.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed! Thanks for letting me know. =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome 🙂

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  15. A sweet gentle story with warmth and comfort. Lovely … 🙏🏻
    Isadora 😎

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    1. A very nice comment, Isadora. Thanks so much! =)

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  16. I had to go back and read this again. It made me feel so good. I hope it’s true.

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    1. Me too. I’m very glad you enjoyed the story and read it again. Thank you so much for letting me know. It’s encouraging! =)

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  17. ahtdoucette says:

    Heavenly Postal Service. Love that phrase. Such a sweet story.

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    1. Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed. =)

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  18. pennygadd51 says:

    That’s a really affecting story! Beautiful! I especially liked the way the song was slightly out of tune. That detail raises the story from craft to art, IMO.

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    1. I really appreciate your encouraging comment, and I am smiling. Thanks so much, Penny!

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh how lovely! Such a good feeling generated in this. A melancholy smile

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurie, for the nice comment. Have a nice week ahead! =)

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  20. Michael says:

    Music is so powerful

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    1. It certainly is. An amazing trigger to our memories as is our other senses. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  21. This is sweetly lovely! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Na’ama! Your kind comment makes me smile. =)

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  22. subroto says:

    That was a lovely story, what a beautiful idea.

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    1. Thank you so much. What a very sweet comment! =)

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