The Secret Box

The Secret Box

“What’s the key for?”

“Mommy’s special key. I will show you one day.”

One day never came. Now fresh from mom’s funeral, I head for where she hid her box. The box contained an old-style telephone, crayons, picture of a man and a Menorah.

At the bottom of the box was a letter written in her neat script.

This box contains my childhood Menorah, my father’s picture, the crayons your sister, Barbara slipped on with a little help from your dad and the phone I conked your dad with, just before he “FELL” down the stairs behind her.



About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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23 Responses to The Secret Box

  1. I didn’t see that one coming. I’m not sure why you’d ever want you child to know any of this ever, but it makes a good story!



  2. Oy, Mom had a few secrets, didn’t she? nice job.


  3. Oh, my!! Nice surprise. No wonder it’s secret and what a tragic end. Well done, Tessa. – Amy


  4. annisik51 says:

    Very Carmina Burana!
    Thanks for visiting my story.



  5. Joe Owens says:

    There seems to be a lot of these with death involved on this week’s prompt. I did not expecte there was one involbved as it starte dother than the funeral you referenced.


  6. jannatwrites says:

    Wow, this is one dysfunctional family! 🙂


  7. rich says:

    this line: One day never came. perhaps one day should be in quotes to stress it. or maybe a “but” in front of it. just wondering. well done piece.


  8. Talk about dark family secrets. Great twist.


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