Gift of Memory

Rue Mouffetard
A lone figure on the Rue Mouffetard.

Waking early Christmas morning, Madame Quenelle set the table and put a cracker by the plate. A trip to the bakery for a baguette and then delicious odours of roasting meat and spicy sauces poured forth from the kitchen.

Opening the Burgundy her husband enjoyed so, to breathe, she continued tasting and adding “a little pinch of nothing” to get the meal just right, then laid it out beautifully on the table.

Raising her glass she said her toast her loved ones.

Her gruff, faithful husband who died 12 years ago in her arms. Her handsome son taken too soon by war and her wonderful mother who taught her all she knew.

Despite the tears she was not sad. She had loved and been loved by them all. Her Christmas gift was to remember them at their best and most beautiful. She picked up the 12 year old cracker and put it down again.

“Merry Christmas my darlings!” she said, and, with the smile that all who knew her loved her for, ate her Christmas dinner.


For some, Christmas is more a time of memory. We may have loved ones who are not there for so many reasons and the poignancy of their absence can be hard to bear. I hope you all have treasured memories of those you love best to treasure this Christmas.

This is a little story in honor of my Grandmother who brought such joy and kindness to our lives.

Many thanks too to Priceless Joy for the prompt photo below for her Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers which has given me such pleasure this year. The photo below is courtesy of Etol Bagam. The main photo is one I took early one spring morning on the Rue Mouffetard, Paris.

Best wishes to everyone this season! TJ


  1. I sometimes take for granted the ability to remember and the fact that those who can remember will form memory. Yours is an apt reminder that a memory is a gift and a very precious one indeed. Best wishes to you and family too.

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so delighted that you found this in the story. We should be very grateful for our memories and I hope you form some beautiful new ones this season and in the new year. Very best wishes! TJ


    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment! And thank you too for the follow! I hope you enjoy some more of the posts in the future. Very best wishes from Western Australia! TJ 🙂


  2. This is a wonderful story TJ and certainly gives your grandmother a lovely tribute. Nicely done! I would like to add that you are welcome to add your own photo to the story but please include the photo from the prompt.

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  3. This is a lovely story TJ. Christmas is a time of special memories and we all remember those that are no longer with us, especially at this time when their presence is even more sorely missed.

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    1. Cherish the best memories of the past and try to make happy memories for others is a motto I try live by. Thanks for the memories you have already given me. ☺


  4. Remember that those we have loved and have now gone are forever alive in our hearts. In that way they never really die and are always with us.
    Good stuff as always TJ. and because you’ll get there before me, have a great Christmas and thanks for all the banter this year!

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    1. You are spot on there Mr Dookes. Keep those we love in our hearts always. Just about to launch “Operation Kringle”. Hope you have a great Christmas too and looking forward to reading more of your adventures in the new year!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful memories/story of your grandmother.
    Keeping memories in our hearts, heads, and “on paper” means that others will know the stories too. Then no-one can be forgotten.
    Wishing you and your family all the best of this special season.

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    1. Thank you so much and very best wishes to you this Christmas and a wonderful new year too I hope! 🙂 Sharing precious stories and making lovely memories is what life is about. 🙂


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