GRANDPA’S WALKING STICK
After the funeral, the two of them came round to
divide up their Grandpa's things.
"So don't think you're going to get all the good stuff."
Jane had to say something, anything just to break the
"We never really knew him," said her brother. He
could remember the Christmas visits but not much in
between. "People round here must have liked him.
They seemed to treat him with some sort of respect.
Anyway, why should you get the good stuff?"
"I've got the things ready for you," Mum spoke
quietly as she took them through to the backroom.
She had arranged everything in a single neat row on
the old carpet. She didn't stay to watch.
They fell silent and the slow ticking of an old clock
at the far end of the row seemed strangely loud. Jane
found herself thinking that it looked like a
gravestone. She felt her hand brushing something off
At first they were reluctant to disturb anything for it
felt like they were intruding but soon they were busy
looking. They tried to spot anything of value but
mostly they wanted to find links to their own
The old man's watch caught their attention and they
passed it back and forwards. It was a Rolex, possibly
the only really good thing he had ever owned.
"It's a man's watch. You should have it. Do you
remember when we were young and he had just got it
as a special Christmas present? He was so proud and
he just kept looking and looking at it."
"That was the problem. Remember we heard that
these two young thugs had picked up on the idea that
it was worth stealing and followed him into the park.
Good for Grandpa. He wasn't too young even then
but he sent them running.
"He always said he could thank his walking stick for
that," said Jane.
"From what we heard, they were bleeding all over the
"You always loved that story. Okay, you'll have the
watch but I want this." Jane reached over to take the
old man's walking stick.
Just then, Mum came in with cups of tea.
"Be careful," said Mum. "Don't cut yourself with
Grandpa's old sword stick."
Grandpa’s Walking Stick
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