This is shirtainly a poignant entry: # 11 from Bob Rubin

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First, I would like to thank Mike Casper for introducing Bob Rubin to our playground.  They both attend a writers’ group in Encinitas, California, and it’s great to know we are the source of gossip!Welcome, Bob, and I do hope you will see our site as a place you can find an audience.

What many writers have difficulty with is distinguishing the difference between dram and melo-drama. Melodrama is forced emotion.  Drama in its simplest form invites emotion.  I read this three times, smiling after each read.  See if you feel the same, and, why not invite your own friends to enter our contest? https://awordwithyoupress.com/2018/11/24/our-new-contest-high-heeled-sneakers/

 

Prompt “20. The shirt off my back”:

A Memorable Shirt

by Bob Rubin

I enjoy beautiful clothes and have sold them on more than one occasion. None of the department stores where I worked have survived. One story brings to mind a particular piece of clothing that caught my eye about sixty years ago. The story will endure till my dying day and perhaps even continue through this memoir.

I was a teenager in Miami, Florida shopping in a department store with my late mother. Mom was the kindest person I have ever known. Since a mother has power well beyond the norm to her children, I feel doubly blessed.

That day shopping reflected her brand of motherhood. I was standing, holding an off white, blue, pin-striped, short sleeved shirt. It was a beautiful piece of clothing. I admired it for a minute or so.

I said, “Mom, could I have this shirt?” She said, “It is so hard to tell you no.” Those eight words told me everything about how I was loved. Her beautiful eyes, her lovely voice and her warm heart clothed me with love for the rest of my life.

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9 comments

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    miryam says:

    Welcome Mr Rubin… so nice to read your entry. Your story portrayed genuine loving memories that endure forever. I bet you are still a very dapper dresser!

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    Michael Casper says:

    It’s not about the shirt, and I can hear it in your voice as you read it aloud at today at writer’s group. An excellent contest entry, and hopefully the first of many. Well done, Bob.

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