A Quiet Argument

Posted: November 29, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers
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As you can see, What’s His Name submitted the black and white picture prompt that our Fairy Blog Mother, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, posted to inspire our merry band of Friday Fictioneers on this last Wednesday of November.

“A lifetime is stored behind those doors.”
“Junk, Grandpa, all junk. If that old barn burned down tomorrow, nothing would be missed.”

While I fought in WW II, your Grandmother penned letters by the window because sitting alone in the house was too hard.
When I returned, your father was conceived in the loft amidst the smell of fresh hay, chicken feed, and the sound of happy tears.
You boys wrestled in the horse stalls and you proposed to Milly in that old barn.

“Go inside. Feel the memories, then tell me you want to tear it down.”



  1. Dear Lish

    I love this sentimental grandpa story. I’m sure What’s His Name will enjoy it, too. 😉



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  2. James says:

    Good as far as it goes, but my Dad was the ultimate pack rat. After he passed away last April, my brother and I had quite a time of it going through all of his stuff, including broken VCRs and some form letter he’d gotten from a magazine in 1968.

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  3. Moon says:

    Beautiful story, Lish.

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  4. Dale says:

    Loved this take, Alicia. Memories can be found all over the place.

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  5. Sandra says:

    Lovely. Just lovely.

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  6. Alice Audrey says:

    But what other people feel will not be the same as what Grandpa feels. Memories don’t transfer that way.

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  7. Lynn Love says:

    Well done, Grandpa – generations of memories in there. Beautifully told as always Lish

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  8. Sweet story – and isn’t it true that places like this hold memories?

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  9. neilmacdon says:

    You built a story of all our memories

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  10. Iain Kelly says:

    Unfortunately sentiment is no barrier to modernisation – perhaps it should be more often. Nicely done.

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  11. bbryanthomas says:

    Marvellous. Not a story but a complete novel

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  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Lovely sentimental story. I agree with Grandpa.

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  13. A memory stained story. Well written, as usual, Alicia.

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  14. Natasha says:

    What a soul-stirring story, filled with magical memories. Loved it. Glad I stopped by.


  15. Maybe they won’t feel the exact memories, but I am sure they will feel their own. Letting go can be tough.


  16. Objects are inanimate, it’s memories tgat fill life in them. Cheers.


    • That’s exactly the way I feel, although I do have a quilt my Grandmother made, pottery my father created and my mother’s needlework that all mean a lot, I try to fill my memories with trips taken and picnics spread out with friends. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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  17. draliman says:

    Sad – one person’s cherished memories are often another person’s worthless junk.


  18. pennygadd51 says:

    The sentiments of your story are warm and loving. It’s written beautifully. I particularly like “amidst the smell of fresh hay, chicken feed, and the sound of happy tears.”
    You’ve given us a refreshing contrast to the normal high drama of Friday Fictioneers!


  19. Nan Falkner says:

    Very wise Grandfather! I hope he listens. Very thoughtful story!


  20. plaridel says:

    i always tell myself, when all’s said and done, nothing will be left but our memories. nice story.

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  21. rgayer55 says:

    I’ve got fond memories of many old barn and storage building. It pains me to see them go.

    What’s His Name

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  22. granonine says:

    Really enjoyed this. Good one.

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  23. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh my gosh. Great story. Well told. The memories!

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  24. Grandpa isn’t ready to give up his memories. He’s also trying to pass on the backstory for them. Good writing, Alicia. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  25. Oh I love this… so much of memories that can be felt… somehow they should be lucky it’s still there.

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  26. Martin Cororan says:

    Bloody old people with their emotionally sound logic!


  27. Love the sentimentality. A place can hold so many memories. I wonder if it will be torn down anyway.

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  28. jaya says:

    Beautiful post. As I grow older, new acquisitions don’t seem to have as much value as my old books, old quilts and black and white photographs.


  29. anie says:



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