Sunday, 6 October 2019
When Maud Clements died
It was a grey autumn day that Maud Clements died in the nursing home accompanied by her few meagre possessions. There was a grubby torn Bible, a faded photo of her late husband and some chipped and cracked china dishes that had accompanied her from her last home. She had told her carers that they were special as they reminded her of Jack her late 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 is all 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 few pieces of Maud's life and placed them in a cardboard carton and set off for the trash bins ready to dump the lot. As Amanda dropped the grubby, broken and torn items into the bin her eyes glimpsed one little dish of a courting couple, on the back of which Maud had stuck a label which read , "Just like Jack and me" so she slipped into her uniform pocket.
At the end of her shift she managed to get home about six at night and after having a quick meal sat down by the fire and took the dish out and examined it properly. "Good" she murmured to herself turning it over and reading on the back "Limoges pottery".
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