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The Woman In The Doorway ( Part Two)
The New Store
Mrs.Tuddley's daughter Trisha and son Joseph was so excited for their mother.They both showed up early Saturday morning to help with the packing and moving of things that brought back so many memories of their childhood days.Even their Christmas tree and ornaments she said she will use it in the store for the holiday decoration.As they packed and loaded things on Josephs' truck they went down memory lane talking and laughing.Mrs. Tuddley had not heard that in so long the voices made her smile as they echoed through the almost hollow house."Ok" said Joseph "we have everything now are you ladies ready?"Reaching down to dust his pants off." Lets go to your new place of business" and he gave his mother a hug and a kiss on the cheek.
Mrs.Tuddley looked around the house and said " I have one more piece and Trisha said"What might that be" and she pointed at an armoire that sat in the corner of the room and Trisha said "are you sure" and her mother replied"Yes I'm sure.You see all the children had modern day furniture in their homes nothing of old age would fit in.
The armoire had fun memories with it.Trisha and Joseph would play hide and seek and that old armoire was the greatess hiding place for the kids from their mother.She calling their names time and time again looking for them in the house.The armoire was the place she would find them both tucked away behind her evening gowns.But now those days were gone all she had was memories that will always be with her.She looked at the kids and said"I still have my memories and two wonderful kids.Always no this "things will perish but life is grand." So please let me see the joy in some one's eyes when they find this treasure.Trisha reached for her mother and said" I love you mom you are so gracious and gave her a big hug and a kiss.
Joseph and Trisha loaded the old armoire onto the truck and off to the building where their Mothers new life started.The kids spent the Saturday and Sunday sweeping and cleaning for their mother and getting things in place.Trisha just as she dusted off the old register at the front doorway she peered out the window and told her mother " you can see everything from this doorway window" Her mother replied " I know isn't that nice? That will be my spot.
Monday came and that was her first day of business.Trisha stopped by to bring her lunch and a grand-opening sign and one with the Name MARIE"S RESALE.
People were amazed to see life in that old silver building so in curiosity and surprise people came and went looking picking up and touching the personal things that no one knew she had a part with; not only a part with but she had put a price on things at one time thougth to be priceless.Things she chased after through her life in stores making conversation with people and being social.Now all of it is on her shelves for sale.Now it brings socializing on a different scale.People buying her memories to make memories in their homes and lives.
Many years passed as she continued this passage to her store meeting and greeting customers on the way in and out of her store.
One day that old armoire caught the eye of a young lady and she asked about the piece and Mrs.Tuddley spoke on it and gave her a price.She began to go back in time about the old piece.When the young lady heard her story about the wonderful old armoire.They young lady seen the joy of that story in Mrs.Tuddley's eyes.Now the young lady wanted to tell that same story someday.Hoping to have children that would play hide and seek in her home,she was expecting a baby girl soon.She wanted the armoire for the baby's room.Mrs.Tuddley was happy for her.
Now they needed someone to help with the loading of the armoire.
Mrs.Tuddley walked around her store looking for assistance and as she turned and looked down an aisle that she housed small electronics there was a young gentleman shopping and Mrs Tuddley said "excuse me Sr. How are you today if you don't mind can you assist me with the loading of a piece of furniture in my furniture section please?"The gentleman looked up at Mrs.Tuddley and said "sure I don't mind it at all. The young lady went out and pull her truck up to loading dock and the gentleman got her loaded and on her way.
Mrs.Tuddley waved her good byes,she thanked the young gentleman for his help and said "Oh by the way my name is Marie Tuddley and who might you be dear Sir?"He replied Jonathan;( with a pause)Jonathan Kemp.I take it you are the owner of this fine little business" Yes Sir I am. she replied". They both smiled. If she was a rooster you would see all her chest feathers sticking out with pride. Mrs. Tuddley was so proud of her store.