Title: Past Records
Source: 100 Words Prompt #387 – Velvet Verbosity
The sheer numbers that have passed between my last prompt and this one only goes on to show how lax I’ve been in writing. So here’s one to make up for it. This one was based on my photo-clearing search the other day, when I was tidying my room. Not the most philosophical of pieces, but I’m ridiculously sentimental. Especially when it comes to my teddy bear and growing up.
A girl smiling, stained with ice cream. A pudgy baby boy pouting, so different from the too-tall, muscled not-man he is now. A father and his daughter in the pool. A mother cradling her baby swaddled in fluffy towels. All records of her childhood.
Yet what hits home is the decade-old, sun-faded photo of a teddy in a dress, patches of bald peeking through. Something in her breaks, and she clutches the almost furless toy in her arms, tears leaking. Her old friend’s grown old, well-worn, well-loved, and now, she feels the years too.