TITLE: "Minus Me and You
GENRE: Women's Fiction
June Parker saved everything: theater tickets from a first date with her husband of 30 years, shoes from her wedding tucked away in the original box, medical bracelets her children wore home from the hospital. All of it was special and had a place in her home. Grace Parker did not inherit her mother's
When June called to announce they were moving, Grace was shocked. She couldn't imagine her parents living anywhere other than her childhood home. She was even more shocked when June said that she should come for her things. Grace didn't even realize she had things at their house. She took everything she wanted when she moved out after high school. That was eight years ago.
Grace stood in her old, crowded bedroom. An empty bed frame. A dresser. Six hefty storage totes. She should have known her mother would have carefully preserved her childhood in plastic containers: baby clothes, toys, artwork, pictures, yearbooks, and trophies. Grace had been staring at it for fifteen minutes when June approached the bedroom, wiping her hands on her waist apron.
“Find anything interesting honey?”
“Mom, why did you save all this stuff?”
“I thought you might want it someday.”
“Can't you just take it with you?”
June sighed, “You should at least look through it. You never know what you might find.”
“That's what I'm afraid of.” Grace said quietly to herself as her mom walked out of the room.