A box of clothes left behind

August 8, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the one who left the dress.” A 1940s-era dress still hangs in an abandoned house. Who left it and why? You can take any perspective and write in any genre. It can be a ghost story. Or not. Go where the prompt leads!


My mom passed away 55 years ago, when I was barely 6. When I was 15, my grandmother showed me a box of her clothes that she had preserved with care for me. It was such a unexplainable feeling to touch the clothes she had worn when she was alive, because I hardly remembered her.

I altered most of them to my size as I was quite good at stitching by that age. And wore them with pride. It didn’t matter to me that the fabrics were outdated, just that they once belonged to my mom whom I loved.


Word count; 99

In response to 99 Words Story- Dress, hosted by Charli Mills of carrot ranch



72 thoughts on “A box of clothes left behind

    1. Yes, it was so sweet of my granny to keep them for me. Forward thinking because at the time of her death, I was too young and too small. ❤️💜


  1. How very lucky. When my mom passed, I think her sisters might have gotten most of her belongings. All I have are photographs. My cousin has more – even some old video but I’ve never gotten copies. It would be nice to hear her voice. But I don’t think my cousin will make the time to trasfer those tapes to a disc of any sort. But to her credit she did save me my parents wedding album and I got gifted a portrait that was painted from one of the wedding photos.

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    1. It was very thoughtful of my granny. She wasn’t a demonstrative person and seldom said what was in her heart. But this was a very kind gesture.
      I’m sorry that you didn’t get anything personal of your mom. My uncle gave me a few of her photos and a letter that she had written to my other grandmother, her mom.
      Lovely mementos

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      1. It wan’t untill after he passed that my hubby recieved a chest that held his fathers’ memories of WWII… One relative wanted to sell everything. We saved it and the contents. It is always hard to imagine our parents or grandparents as younger people.

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