TITLE: Minus Me & You
GENRE: Women's Fiction
“Mom!” Grace yelled down the hall impatiently, “Why in the heck did you save all this stuff?”
June Parker approached her daughter's old bedroom and calmly answered, “I saved it all because I knew you'd want it one day.”
Grace surveyed the room crowded with hefty storage totes, an empty bed frame and an old dresser. Her whole childhood was contained in those totes, carefully separated into categories of artwork, report cards, awards, and pictures. Preserved memories hidden away in the attic, waiting for someone to care.
“Any chance you want to take it with you?”
June rolled her eyes and sighed.
“If you don't want it then throw it away. But I really think you should at least go through it first. You never know what you might find.” She said before walking out.
“That's what I'm afraid of.” Grace said quietly to herself.
She sat herself down in the middle of three big totes, feeling like she did as a child when she and her brother would build fortes out of anything handy. Why is it children like to feel boxed in, she wondered.
Avoiding items that looked like letters or pictures she began by sorting through a container of favorite toys and dolls. After saving only one cherished teddy bear, she moved onto awards and report cards. Elementary track and field ribbons could go, state finalist track and basketball trophies she'd keep. This wasn't too bad, she reasoned.