"Susan"

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Summary

A story about a box of curios, a flipped house, and a woman we never knew, but came to understand. Hear the podcast at: https://soundcloud.com/tom-bishop-349568057/sets/susan-playlist A few years ago, when my wife and I were starting out in life, we were taught a lesson. I know I certainly was, when we bought an old house and began to feel there was something about the place that didn't seem right. This is a short story about a box of curios and a visit from a stranger that taught me that we will always have a connection to our past, whether we want to or not. Listen to the podcast of "Susan" at: https://soundcloud.com/tom-bishop-349568057/sets/susan-playlist

Genre:
Mystery / Drama
Author:
Tom Bishop
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
6
Rating:
5.0 1 review
Age Rating:
13+

Curios on the Sill

Kids these days. They have it pretty easy, don’t they? The Internet is everywhere, there’s no shortage of cable channels to choose from, and videogames are so embedded into daily life we barely even notice them. A trip to Grandma’s involves an hour or two of backseat gaming, a few more hours of television, a hasty meal and a bored visit to the garden, followed by tantrums over the WiFi password and an angry drive home because the iPad is dead.

In my day… oh, here we go, “In my day!” Really. I hate to say it, but it’s true. There were no microwaves, no cable channels, no smartphones, and no wireless Internet. A visit to Grandma’s usually meant watching trees zip by, a black-and-white television that was never turned on, a ponderously slow dinner, and a tour of the garden that was actually a highlight.

Then, for real entertainment, there were the trinkets on the windowsill. I think every grandmother had them. These little glass baubles were found in every window in the house, and they came in every shape and color. Little red cups, blue vases, pink ballerinas, butterscotch birds, and they weren’t just on the sills. Grandma had placed them on top of every sash, and there were extras on shelves throughout the house. The sun beamed through them, throwing beads of color across the floor and walls. When the colors rose just so far up the back wall of the dining room, we knew it was time to hit the road.

Those days eventually end, as they must for everyone, and the houses are sold, boxes are packed, and the trinkets are forever lost, to remain only in memory. Once in a while a cellar is cleared, and boxes of these glass curios are discovered, wrapped in old newsprint: a local sports team wins a trophy in 1954; Jackie Kennedy’s recipe for a noodle casserole; Comics lampooning Nixon. And inside, glass junk, fads from a bygone era, suitable only for a dumpster.

And that brings me to the Wakefield house.

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