Not the Collection: In Memory of…

This week’s prompt at Carrot Ranch was to write in 99 words (no more, no less), a story behind a memorial. Is it a structure, plaque, or something else? What does it seek to remind those who view it? Go where the prompt leads!

Well, this pedometer geek writer decided to write the following story:

In Memory Of…

The memorial stone Julia passed on her walk around town was no longer a mystery.

Julia had moved to the city; she wondered about this marker especially after a pine was removed, leaving the stone exposed.

Julia eventually learned the whole story of the woman behind the memorial because she met and became friends with Shirley, Marcella’s daughter.

After the pine was thoughtlessly cut down, Shirley started placing silk flowers at the stone throughout the year. Once Shirley became housebound, Julia took up the mantle.

Julia still changes the flowers despite Shirley’s dementia because someone needs to remember them.    

~Nancy Brady, 2022

My story may seem familiar since I have written a few blogs, one of which was a poem, about this memorial stone over the years. Now that story is continued.

The Collection should be posted in a day or so at and all the stories about memorials. Check them out.


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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8 Responses to Not the Collection: In Memory of…

  1. Oh, sweet. Makes one feel better that such people can exist in our world. Cheers

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  2. Thanks Michael…for reading. I can only hope there are plenty of people like this who exist in our world.

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  3. Jules says:

    It is good to read kind stories. Along our librar/ park walking paths there is a small yard of stones… I keep meaning to photograph them – I think the family must live close by as it is keep up.

    I hope they plant another tree… There is another local park that has several trees with markers under them – honorary memorials by the folks who donated the trees (I think).

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  4. I would to see a photo of the stones (do they stack them by any chance?). That is neat that this family cares that much to keep it up.

    As for another tree, there is now a Norway maple (the leaves look deep purple on top, green on the underside), but it doesn’t compare to the blue spruce that protected the memorial stone for years. It was quite impressive.


  5. JC home says:

    Very sweet story. Kind of gives some hope.

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  6. This was really beautiful. Not just the story, but Julia and her actions. We all need to remember. For ourselves and for others.

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