Happier Times for Mum
It had to be here, somewhere…! It was in his pocket a minute ago, then he’d taken it out to look at – and must have put it back in the wrong pocket. The one with the hole in it! He had to find it. Mum deserved something pretty on her birthday.
Jamie knew she’d been lonely since Dad had left, but didn’t know how to help. Dad had a new family now and forgotten all about him and Mum.
‘This what you’re looking for, son?’
Jamie spun round to see a nice-looking man holding out the shiny brooch. ‘Thanks mister! I thought I’d lost it, good and proper!’
The man grinned. ‘It was in a puddle back there, just waiting to be found. You Julie Henderson’s lad?’
‘You know my mum?’
‘Known each other for years – same school, same office… I’m on my way to invite you both out for a birthday dinner tonight.’
‘She’d love that … and so would I,’ Jamie said, hoping this was the start of happier times for Mum.
Word Count: 174
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