Maud Clements was dying in the
nursing home surrounded by her meager possessions; they were a grubby torn bible,
a faded photo of her late husband and four small china dishes that had
accompanied her to her last home.
She had told her carers that they
were special as they reminded her of Jack her husband.
Her family came after they had
been told she had gone and saw what little of her life remained; they shook
their heads and told the manager, “Just get rid of it all, it’s just rubbish”.
The manager nodded politely and
instructed the cleaner to dispose of everything as the family wanted nothing.
Amanda Perry the cleaner,
collected the old pieces of Maud’s life and set off for the trash bins ready to
dump the lot.
As Amanda dropped the grubby,
torn and broken items in the bin her eyes glimpsed at one un-chipped dish of a seaside bay; on the back Maud has stuck a label which read, “Where
Jack proposed to me” so she slipped it into her pocket.