Flash Fiction #289

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas


For those of us Baby-Boomers, and even pre-Boomers, who remember the Second World War, and perhaps the lingering results of the Great Depression, (All hail modern medicine!) many of us succumb to the Keep it.  It might be useful someday Syndrome.

Boomers are not the only ones who do it, but we’re a bit crazy.  We leave our valuable cars in front of the house, and fill our garages with junk.  As memories deteriorate, we’re not sure we still have what we search for, and usually don’t find it.

“Why am I here?  Oh yeah, to turn off the light.”


If you would like to join the Friday Fictioneers, go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.


26 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #289

  1. Rivergirl says:

    My husband suffers severely from that syndrome.


  2. Very true- and I’m a millennial! My sentimental junk is way more precious than my car. Perhaps I learned it from my parents…. ?


  3. Jim Wheeler says:

    I have drawers full of string, wire ties, screws, nuts, bolts, fasteners. Occasionally they are actually useful. I have several boxes to hold items for the next garage sale. Warren Buffet always turns out the lights when he is last to leave the room. It’s in our DNA and there’s no getting rid of it. : )

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  4. Unfortunately, I’m the opposite and too often throw out things and regret it later!

    Here’s mine!

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    Throw things away, never never, 🙂

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  6. oneta hayes says:

    I’m loving it because I am living it. 😀

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  7. Danny James says:

    happens all the time.

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  8. Bill says:

    I have always parked my car in the garage. But my attic is awesome. 🙂
    Favorite box? The one with all the wires to things I may figure out some day.

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  9. granonine says:

    We park in the garage, but it’s tricky. There are tools, tool boxes, collections of wire, coils of rope, buckets of God knows what. There’s room for the car plus about a foot of space all around. I’ve become quite expert at putting it in there just so. And his comment? “What’s the problem? You have plenty of room.”

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  10. msjadeli says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one, Archon. When I moved 12 years ago, after having lived at the same place for 25 years, I was proud of all of the stuff I got rid of before moving here. Alas, my closets at the “new” place are just as full of mysterious boxes as the old place was. It’s a hard syndrome to cure, if it is even possible.

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  11. All too relatable, Archon.



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  12. authorfleurl says:

    I have times when I am ruthless and have a big chuck out. Other stuff I hang on to because it tells a story. Your story is very real. Well done.

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