OLWG #95- Never Mailed

 This week’s prompts are at the bottom. Practice makes perfect. Let me know what you think.

Here’s how to play along, if you are unsure.

When Martha passed away, at the age of 71, it was almost a year before her husband, Richard, could bring himself to go through her dresser drawers and her closet. Gather her clothes and her stuff. Throw some away, save some, and donate the rest to The Goodwill.

On her closet shelf he found a box tucked away at the back that was chock full of memories. There were some letters he had written her from Vietnam. Martha had promised that she would wait for him to come home; and she had.

There were two wedding invitations. The oldest was for their own wedding, printed on heavy cotton paper with gold filigree on the edges. The second was for their daughter Sara’s wedding to Jim. Those two were a handsome couple and would have had beautiful children if not for Jim’s war. Jim had not been as lucky as he had.

Sara went downhill fast after that, with all the booze and the pills. He shook his head.

There was some buttons, several pieces of ribbon, and a delicate gold chain that he didn’t recognize, or at least didn’t remember.

He found Boda’s old dog tag with their phone number engraved on the back. The phone number from when they lived in Lompoc. They’d been happy in Lompoc.

In the bottom of the box he found a letter written on blue air mail paper. The really lightweight stuff that you could fold and came pre-glued. Didn’t require an envelope and saved on postage. There was a 12¢ stamp stuck on the upper right corner and it was addressed to him at an APO address. The one he had used when he was with Charlie Company. The letter had never been mailed.

This week’s prompts are:

  1. outside
  2. just ice
  3. Hi, Mom

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need and, have fun!


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