Set up: Sarah and Melinda are their mother's room after the woman's funeral. Melinda is sitting on the edge of the bed and Sarah in her mother's favorite chair.
Sarah stood and walked to the ornate wooden box on the dresser. She turned, her hand on the top. "Would you mind if I went through Mom's jewelry and picked out a special keepsake?"
"Of course not. Take whatever you want. We're not going to be like some families who develop claws and fangs over a loved-one's personal belongings."
Melinda peered up at Sarah. "When did you get so tall? Seems like just yesterday you were ten and now your twenty and in college. Where has time gone?"
Sarah shook her head. "I don't know. At times, I long to be a kid again, then Mom could spoil me rotten. I always like being the baby of the family."
The doorbell rang. Mel stood, patted Sarah's arm and meandered out toward the living room. Sarah picked up the small mahogany chest that matched the other furniture pieces in the room and walked back to the rocking chair and sat. Tears stung the back of her eyes.
She fingered the scalloped edges around the top and the gold plate being the initials "CP." When she opened the box, her mother's favorite scent wafted out, stirring a wealth of memories. Sarah doubted she could ever smell lavender again and not think of Mom. The contents sparkled in the lamplight.
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