THE WATCH...by b. Malin

My Graduation Watch...Photo by Stephan
My Graduation Watch...Photo by Stephan

The Gift...A SHORT STORY

She found the watch once again after the split of her marriage. It lay in it's original box in what she lovingly referred to as her Jewelry Drawer. She sat down on the bed, took a deep breath, and slowly removed it from the box, and gently started to wind it. The watch seemed to spring to life. As she studied it, her mind wondered back twenty-five years...She was then eighteen and graduating High School...

Her father had presented it to her, gift wrapped, with a small card, that read, Happy Graduation, may you always use your "time" wisely, Love, Dad. She had laughed when she read it, and was surprised to see tears in his eyes as he watched her put it on. He was not an easy man to live with...and it would take a few more years for them to become close. She was always grateful for that time, because he would die, much too soon.

She wore the watch when he walked her down the isle. She wore the watch for her first big job promotion...When she gave birth to her sons...and sadly at his funeral. Then it got put into her Jewelry Drawer. She always had one, no matter where she moved with her husband and sons...she always made sure she had a Jewelry Drawer.

The watch got taken out of its box for special occasions like, Anniversaries, Weddings, Holidays...It always made her feel like her father was near, at least in spirit...It was too fancy for everyday use...

She wore it when she started to date again...after the divorce. It became her security blanket, or in this case, her security watch. She marveled how well it kept time, never missing a beat...always so accurate. She never thought she would, but she became involved with a man, a kind, gentle man...She found herself trusting once more. Cautiously at first...Three years were to pass, before she said "yes" to his proposal.

Once again she wore the watch when her sons walked her down the isle to become a bride for the second time. She wore the watch when each son married, and again when she became a grandmother...

The older she got, she found that she wanted to wear the watch more often...It made her feel closer to her father. She wondered what he would have thought of the woman she had become over the years...Would he think that she had used her "time" wisely?




Comments 24 comments

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No_Clue 5 years ago

I love this story! Rich with emotion and sentiment! Well done!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

A great study of relationships. Well done.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Lovely, written with insight and depth. Well done


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Good one! I loved your story. a little nostalgia and tradition is always good, is it real? If it is, what a great way to remember and give tribute.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

What a beautiful story that strikes a very personal note with me. My father passed away when I was 18 years old. He was a loving, accomplished, brilliant man who I adored. I have his gold watch and when I wear, it I am comforted to know that it once was on his wrist touching his skin. I feel him beside me and I am at peace. Voted up and beautiful.


Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 5 years ago

Love it, really one of the best! Oh, the "time factor" in us all. Keep up the good work!

w/ Love & Peace Aways,

Mother Lightning

of[thepeacegarden.blogspot.com]


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

No Clue, thanks for stopping by and enjoying this story...your words are so true...


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi WillStar, your comments are greatly appreciated.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

BlueStar, so nice to see you here, and thank you so much for your wonderful comments.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Yes, Fiddleman, my father did give me a watch for graduation...was not alive when my marriage failed... Thank God...Did see the birth of my sons...they were a baby and a three year old... when he passed away...and he never met my second husband. Thanks for enjoying.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Breakfastpop, thanks for your beautiful story as well...So glad you enjoyed mine.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hey Cheryl, this was one that was going around in my head...every time that I wore the watch...I'm so glad that I was finally able to put it into my words for all to enjoy.


shygirl2 5 years ago

Great story, b. Malin! It held my interest, as I did not find it a waste of time to read at all. I really like this story. Well done!! :D


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Shygirl thanks so much for coming by...and all your sweet comments...Your words were very "Timely". (Ha, Ha, couldn't resist)


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well I always make a point of 'watching' your hallowed hub space for anything new ..... because the vanguard of great writing is always right here right now ......with you!!!!!!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank you, thank you Colin for stopping by in a most TIMELY fashion...and for your lovely comments.


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

lovely story. Very enjoyable.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Chspublish, thanks for enjoying my thoughts...


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richtwf 5 years ago

I enjoyed this lovely story about a subject close to my heart ... time.

Thanks for sharing and God bless.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Rich, time is so important, may we always have enough "time" to do the things we love, in this lifetime.


Cindy DeMasi 5 years ago

Very touching story B. Malin - brought tears to my eyes....I hope you are wearing that watch every day - he would be very proud of you!!! With a good watch, you can always be sure of a good time :) xoxox Cindy


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Cindy, It's amazing but it still works, and yes, it's always a reminder of this gift of time, from my father. LOL.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This one was sweetly sentimental, B. I love the words your Dad put into the gift card and the way the watch grew more precious with time...


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Peg, Thank YOU. And that Beautiful watch is still TICKING to this day... years later.

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