It doesn’t seem that long ago. The place hasn’t changed, but you have. We used to come here as a family and you ran around the cobbled street and dashed in and out of the old shops and took a trip on the old trams and we had lunch in the cafe and watched the aeroplanes outside the window.

You’re older now and so am I. I still visit and sit in the cafe and think of you. When you visit next year I will bring you back here and introduce my grandchildren to the old street that still echoes with your laughter.

Copyright CE Ayr

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above). A surprise this week when I saw this prompt – it’s taken in the Riverside Museum in Glasgow that I regularly visit with my kids. The museum houses the Transport Museum – cars, trams, buses, ships and more. I used to be taken to this museum when I was little by my parents, when it was housed in an old warehouse. Zaha Hadid designed the shiny new building which it moved into around 2010-11. It’s near my work and I run past it most lunchtimes too. We’ve missed visiting this summer thanks to the pandemic, but will one day be back when it reopens. So a little bit of sentimental musing this week, with a little bit of future fiction, and a few photos from some of our visits too.

The exterior of the museum, from a visit in 2016 with my boy.
Noisy siren still a favourite to this day with the twins!
Catching the steam train.
Running along the same street featured in the photo prompt, circa 2017.

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.



85 responses to “WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?”

  1. I know what you mean about kids growing up. I don’t have any of my own, just nephews and nieces two and three times removed, but when I think my first nephew is now 53, it makes me feel so old!!

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  2. I saw this and thought for sure it was a film/television set. Museum makes sense. It’s beautiful that you bring your kids to the same museum your parents brought you as a kid. Someday, they’ll bring their kids.

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  3. Very nostalgic. I can relate with my daughter growing older too. Those years do go by so fast. Gosh, I’d never have thought it was a museum. It really looks like this side street I wandered into once in London.

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  4. Aw, Iain, that’s lovely and such beautiful photographs too – what gorgeous children! We used to regularly take my son to a science museum in Bristol when he was small. I remember all that running around, that small-person enthusiasm for things. Now my son is taller than me, about to start college! The years do seem to pass quickly, don’t they? Hope you get to visit the museum soon

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    • Thanks Lynn. We’re not quite at the college stage yet, but I already look back and miss those days of them being this small and curious. Hope you are well and have been coping through the crazy summer.


      • It’s a cliche, but the time when they’re small does seem to pass quickly. We’re coping okay, thanks, though it’s all rather oppressive, isn’t it? Covid, the economy, the Brexit shambles… I’ve voted against this lot of @£*&£@#+£s so many times I’ve lost count, but the country isn’t with me, so I just have to stand by and watch it happen. Or just try to write and ignore it all! Hope you and yours are coping okay

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