Just... Like A Warm Scarf... ❤️  

Paulxx001 64M  
9100 posts
11/11/2019 12:00 pm

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Just... Like A Warm Scarf... ❤️

As she stepped into the empty house, sadness rushed to greet her. She closed the door and listened, to the gloomy silence and her own breathing. The keys in her hands jingled cheerfully, as if to mock her.

Her heels clicked across the dark grey, stone tiled floor and echoed, off bare white walls. She reached the kitchen and paused. Slowly, she pulled the keys off the brass ring and threw them, on the black marble counter. He ... had already been there and had left his set... neatly stacked and perfectly labelled.

She sighed, as she glanced at her watch and realized she was early. The real estate agent, wouldn't be there for another hour. She'd linger one last time, in a home where she'd lived, for more than thirty years.

Imagined voices and giggles called to her. She followed them... down the hallway and up the stairs. She walked into rooms, once littered with toys and dolls ; where clothes had been strewn, in piles on beds. She smiled to herself, recalling all those silly , motherly complaints.

The walls, with all their tiny holes and scratches and scribbles (in pencil and pen), offered clues... that someone had lived there. Time had been measured in inches... as they'd grown. "My gosh. Were they really, that little?" she thought, as she crouched down to touch her daughters' initials. They were squiggled in red and blue crayon and had nearly faded, into invisibility.

In another room, she closed her eyes and could almost smell - the fresh paint. She'd always loved that shade of green and was proud of her efforts with a roller, and a brush. He , would never forget to remind her... just how much he hated - chartreuse.

Eventually, she wandered back into the kitchen. An open drawer, drew her closer. She peered in and... tucked at the back... found something, that had been left behind. It was a picture. A small one, framed by the people who sold it to her. You've probably seen them - those pictures, that is. They're the ones snapped as you roar down the steep angles of 'epic' rides, at amusement parks.

The image, was of the four of them - her family. Their mouth's were open, hands raised and laughter frozen, in that moment. She recalled... it had been raining. The park was deserted and there were no lines, for any of the rides. They'd actually ridden the giant roller coaster, four times in a row ! " That ... was a really great day," she smiled.

She held the photo closely, while peering into the expressions, of her . "The girls look so tiny. We all look... so young. Everyone's happy. Even him ," she thought. "... even him."

Her live a thousand miles away. They're adults now, with family's of their own. They call... occasionally. That amusement park has been closed, ages ago, torn down... and replaced with condos. She brushed her hair with her fingers... and glanced at her watch. Tears welled up in her eyes. She fought hard, not to blink.

Ever have one of those days, when sadness and nostalgia wrap around your throat, like a warm scarf... that you just don't want to take off - even if you know, it's choking you?

She stood there... clutching that photograph tightly, with both her hands ; afraid to let it go. She blinked. Tears fell... on cold black marble... in tiny mirrored puddles.

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Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 12:00 pm

Today is Remembrance Day or Veteran's Day. There's a lot to be thankful and grateful for. There's even some room in the day... to get a bit sad. For whatever reasons you have... go ahead. Tomorrow is a brand new day. ❤️


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 12:01 pm

It's all right to get sad once in a while. As long as you don't let it consume you. 👍😊


Tmptrzz 59F  
106083 posts
11/11/2019 12:04 pm

What a heart felt story, yes I have those days sometimes. But I try not to as I hate crying and when I do have days like this I cry a lot. I hope your enjoying your Day of Remembrance there..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


author51 59F  
128877 posts
11/11/2019 12:18 pm

Yes it is good to look back with tears in your eyes, but yet a smile on your face.. I have so been in this situation like a lot of us have, when it comes to divorce. Go through photos yet of when my kids were small, when both of us were smiling at one another with kids in tow. Bitter sweet moments forever etched in time. You meet that person for a reason and sometimes that reason is only to have the children you do..This brought back so many memories on Remembrance Day my coffee mate. Not all of them were sad,,,Bravo my story teller..I so wish I could write like you.......Always Remember, Lest We Forget.....xx

You can never have enough JOY in your life..xoxo

TEASE YOU TUESDAY SEXUAL SIREN


author51 59F  
128877 posts
11/11/2019 12:20 pm

You write from the heart and that is what I love the most about you....

You can never have enough JOY in your life..xoxo

TEASE YOU TUESDAY SEXUAL SIREN


secret_lade 47F
8991 posts
11/11/2019 4:14 pm

I feel those moments all the time.... My daughter gets off the bus every day at her dad's house.... which used to be my house too. So every day I revisit my old life for just a brief moment when I pick her up after work.


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 5:10 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    What a heart felt story, yes I have those days sometimes. But I try not to as I hate crying and when I do have days like this I cry a lot. I hope your enjoying your Day of Remembrance there..
Thank you and happy Veteran's Day! ❤️


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 5:11 pm

    Quoting author51:
    Yes it is good to look back with tears in your eyes, but yet a smile on your face.. I have so been in this situation like a lot of us have, when it comes to divorce. Go through photos yet of when my kids were small, when both of us were smiling at one another with kids in tow. Bitter sweet moments forever etched in time. You meet that person for a reason and sometimes that reason is only to have the children you do..This brought back so many memories on Remembrance Day my coffee mate. Not all of them were sad,,,Bravo my story teller..I so wish I could write like you.......Always Remember, Lest We Forget.....xx
Thank you.
True... 'Lest we forget!' 😊❤️


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 5:13 pm

    Quoting author51:
    You write from the heart and that is what I love the most about you....
I thought you like another part of me? 🤔 lol 😮
Thank you. ❤️


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 5:14 pm

    Quoting  :

Thanks for popping in.
I'll be funnier... next time. 😊❤️
It's a mood that I was in. You know what I mean? 🤔


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 5:17 pm

    Quoting secret_lade:
    I feel those moments all the time.... My daughter gets off the bus every day at her dad's house.... which used to be my house too. So every day I revisit my old life for just a brief moment when I pick her up after work.
Hmmm... Wow... I can relate to that. Sorry if THIS brought up bad thoughts. It's a mood that I was in today.
I totally, understand . ❤️


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 5:22 pm

    Quoting  :

It's the mood that I was in today. It just fit.
I thought I'd see if I could improve it.
I chopped forty words and added 32.
Thanks for reading it, twice. Take care. ❤️


EnigmaInitiative 53F
5705 posts
11/11/2019 5:49 pm

There are some memories haunting the hallowed halls of my mind today Paul, what a perfect story.

Thank you for sharing, your heart shines through.


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 6:31 pm

    Quoting EnigmaInitiative:
    There are some memories haunting the hallowed halls of my mind today Paul, what a perfect story.

    Thank you for sharing, your heart shines through.
Reeeelee? 🤔 Hmmm...
Thanks... for saying - 'Hello' . ❤️


EnigmaInitiative 53F
5705 posts
11/11/2019 6:34 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Reeeelee? 🤔 Hmmm...
    Thanks... for saying - 'Hello' . ❤️
It was my mother's birthday over the weekend, and then the whole anniversaries of my parents' deaths is coming up. Not to mention my first wedding anniversary and my daughter's birthday.

Yep, my brain is taking a swim in nostalgia land.


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/11/2019 7:33 pm

    Quoting  :

Take care. 😊 ♥️


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/12/2019 5:47 am

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Have a great day. Today, is fresh one, with a blank canvas ! 😊 👍


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/12/2019 6:42 am

    Quoting EnigmaInitiative:
    It was my mother's birthday over the weekend, and then the whole anniversaries of my parents' deaths is coming up. Not to mention my first wedding anniversary and my daughter's birthday.

    Yep, my brain is taking a swim in nostalgia land.
Wow! That's an overwhelming number of importance dates.
I understand what you're feeling. ❤️


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/12/2019 11:25 am

    Quoting  :

A wise and pragmatic strategy! 👍 😊


sexyldy1000 61F  
9549 posts
11/12/2019 11:33 am

Part of what makes us human is the range of emotions that we have and feel. Music, words, photos, beliefs and memories can evoke those in me.
Even though I don't have any direct ties to our armed services, yesterday, I cried like a baby while watching the services from our nation's capital. Perhaps it was my own way of being grateful and thankful.


scoupe42 58M  
13019 posts
11/12/2019 11:40 am

You have a talent of telling a story! Why not publish a few.


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/12/2019 11:45 am

    Quoting scoupe42:
    You have a talent of telling a story! Why not publish a few.
Perhaps when I can put together a batch of them. Thanks for dropping in. 👍


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/12/2019 11:47 am

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    Part of what makes us human is the range of emotions that we have and feel. Music, words, photos, beliefs and memories can evoke those in me.
    Even though I don't have any direct ties to our armed services, yesterday, I cried like a baby while watching the services from our nation's capital. Perhaps it was my own way of being grateful and thankful.
Good point! I always found it emotional to watch those ceremonies. 👍😊


pollly_anna 58F  
696 posts
11/12/2019 12:29 pm

Paul........ one of your best posts.


BeccaLuvs 59F
20734 posts
11/12/2019 12:42 pm

Echoes from the past ..... Yep Paul have def been there! And such a good idea writing this for "Remembrance Day"!

..... And always 'hold onto all those sexy thoughts'!
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Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/12/2019 4:58 pm

    Quoting pollly_anna:
    Paul........ one of your best posts.
Thank you, for stopping by. 😊👍


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/12/2019 5:14 pm

    Quoting BeccaLuvs:
    Echoes from the past ..... Yep Paul have def been there! And such a good idea writing this for "Remembrance Day"!
I prefer to post jollier stuff, but this date seemed appropriate.
Been there, huh? Yep.. I understand.
Here.. this'll cool ya down... Over here we've had 20 cm of snow and it's minus 15.... Hang on... I'll open the door and let you feel it. ♥️🔥💦😮


LadyLuck2 65F  
9084 posts
11/13/2019 12:20 am

I really like this piece. It reverberates with events and emotions we've all felt at some time.

Never ignore those who care for you
you will have lost diamonds
while you were collecting stones


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/13/2019 6:33 am

    Quoting LadyLuck2:
    I really like this piece. It reverberates with events and emotions we've all felt at some time.
We all feel things differently yet... there are always similarities!❤️
Thanks for popping in and sharing your thoughts. 😊 👍


pocogato12 69F  
37175 posts
11/13/2019 8:06 am

I thought my days of sadness were healed and gone until I read this. But of course you had to add some humor just for me- chartreuse

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Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/13/2019 11:02 am

    Quoting pocogato12:
    I thought my days of sadness were healed and gone until I read this. But of course you had to add some humor just for me- chartreuse
Well... these short snippets, are just meant to be taken with a whimsical shake of one's head and a nice glass of wine 🍷.
Ya noticed the 'green' reference? lol 😂
Yep... Well, today is a brand new day. Cheers 🥂 ❤️


Paulxx001 64M  
22467 posts
11/13/2019 4:22 pm

    Quoting  :

Now let's flip that frown... upside down! 👍 😊
True... As long as there are some smiles there. ❤️


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