Fandango’s story teaser today was too delicious to not participate. It could go in so many directions. Because it is the “season” for me, I chose to go there. Hope you enjoy.
The Garden Shed
Samantha leaned against her car and stared at her Grandpa’s house. The love and life that once oozed from this building brought life to any child; especially at this time of year, Christmas. She had not been back to visit the house since he passed five years ago. What would be the point. He was gone. He had turned the house over to the city to be used as a museum and library for children. Her brother Gerald was in charge and the place looked great. The large rolling lawn was decorated for the season and a smile creased her saddened face.
“Sure do miss you, Grandpa.”
“Samantha,” called a voice from the front porch.
“Hey, Gerald. Merry Christmas.”
“Its been awhile since you came by. You ought to come see the new children’s wing. It would have made Grandpa James proud.”
“Maybe later. I just came by to walk the grounds. Is the garden shed still in the back?”
“Yes. But it’s not used. We turned the large two car garage into the new garden center. Its where we have some planting seminars and during Christmas, we have crafts. I know it was special to you but too small for what we wanted to do. But it’s still intact. We air it out each spring and place fresh cut flowers on his desk for the spring tours of the gardens. Come by inside when you are done.”
As Samantha came around the side of the house, she saw the beautiful gardens. Christmas trees had been scattered about and were fully decorated. Behind them was the small but adequate garden shed. Her memories went back to the summers of laughing and playing in the dirt with Grandpa James. Such a magical time.
The windows of the shed were dusty and hard to see through so she opened the door to see in side. The door creaked a bit and drug its bottom across the wooden planked floor. She saw no sign of life in the room except the smell of her grandfather’s tobacco filled the room. He smoked a pipe with a very distinct brand and she loved smelling it as she snuggled close when small.
“How in the world can that fragrance still be so strong,” she mumbled as she walked over to his desk. Everything was exactly as he had left it. His ratty old note pad laid open with a pencil laying across it and someone had written on it. Her initial thought was anger that someone had used it but then she read the note and recognized his hand writing.”
“I will always be close to you.”
“Hey,” said Gerald as he entered the shed realizing he startled her. “Oh, I am sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you. I just wanted you to know we have hot chocolate with peppermint sticks. I know its your favorite.”
“Oh, its okay. I was just down memory lane. When did you find his notepad?”
“His notepad? What are you talking about?”
“This. Do you not recognize it?”
“No, sorry. I don’t. As far as I know, there was nothing in here. Where was it?”
“Right here on his desk. Right where he always had it. Do you mind if I keep it?”
“No. Does it have anything in it?”
“Not really. How does his tobacco smell stay so strong when you air this out in the spring?”
“You smell his tobacco?”
“Interesting,” she said as she walked past him out of the shed.
“Hot Chocolate?” he asked closing the door behind him.