Back on the usual spot. It’s nice to get out of the dark box in the attic.

The first minutes were rough as always – turned upside down, shaken around, played with like a toy, before being settled on the mantelpiece.

The youngest is tall enough to reach me now, so I had a couple of rude awakenings, plucked from my perch at risk of being dropped, until the parents came to my rescue.

A nice tree this year. I wish I could smell the fresh pine, but I’ll settle for the gentle glow – new lights I think. There was lots of laughter while the tree was decorated.

It was only on the big day itself I noticed mother crying. Later on Grandad turned up on his own. I assume it was old age and nothing worse, but the day was lessened without the presence of Granny.

There were more presents than ever. The youngest got a small drum kit from Uncle. The parents weren’t thrilled. Even through water I can hear the vibrations when he starts banging.

It will be back into the box soon, forgotten about until winter returns. I can’t wait to be shaken upside down again.


Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Al Forbes. For more details visitย HERE.

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32 responses to “ANOTHER YEAR”

  1. I so love the melancholy in this. Sweet moments meshed with a sad event. Lovely, Iain.

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    1. Thank you Annie ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. The underappreciated member of the family.

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  3. I love the point of view here. Great story!

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    1. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Seeing the family dynamics through the eyes of an unknown witness, interesting take! But how sad for him, to always be observing, and never able to participate or be heard, or even recognized as real.

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    1. Thanks Joy – very much a prison for him, but he clearly cares for them.

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  5. Interesting take from the globe’s perspective. I have some stuff that’s been sitting for more like 5 or 6 years. Wonder what they’d say about the changes! Thanks Iain.

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    1. I hope they would approve for the most part!

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  6. As I often say, even objects are human ๐Ÿ™‚ Btw, wrote something on similar lines a few months ago, on occasion of our country’s independence day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Great that it was a couple of sentences before I knew whose POV this was written from and I enjoyed it – very clever!

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    1. Thank you Viola ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Snow globes have feelings too. Nice one Iain.

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  9. awesome. i read your blog before i come to the picture of the week, and it is a bonus to guess… thank you for your words.

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  10. That first Christmas without a loved one is always hard. Nice tale Iain.

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  11. A heartwarming story through the eyes of the snowman. The joy and the sadness. I could imagine it and feel the sentiment. Very nice!

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  12. Love the view from inside the globe. We really don’t think enough about how our decorations feel cooped up in the dark for 11 or months a year ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks Sarah Ann ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Sad and happy at the same time. Beautifully done.

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  14. A sweet story mixed with a bit of sadness. I loved how we learned about the family’s Christmas from observations of the snow globe snowman. Good writing, Iain. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you Suzanne ๐Ÿ™‚

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