"Someday the memories just come flooding back, eh Mr, Chips? I wonder where Skye is today?" Ivy opened the newspaper. "Mr Chips, there's no school today! so there's no Skye either, just as well, my ankle hurts." "I think I'll take the day off." Ivy settled into her favorite chair and turned on the TV she was fast asleep in in minutes, she slept peacefully drifting, and sifting through her thoughts and memories, then she was jolted awake by the telephone, but before Ivy could get there it stopped ringing. "If it's important they'll call back. right Mr. Chips ?"
Ivy had been taking down almost all of the family photos that she had set out after Will's death. They were at first a comfort. Then the photos became something to dust and keep straightened, just to keep herself busy, Ivy was not one to do extra housework. In time they became reminders of bitter sweetness of life, and Ivy began to taking them down, she wasn't sure why, but taking them down made her feel free.
One of those that remained was a picture of her mother, and the house in Beans Cove, where she grew up. Surrounded. Ivy fancied, every Sunday; by many, many relatives picnicking on the veranda and horsing around on the lawn. It was a story that suited the photo, whether it was true or not she didn't really know. Thinking up stories about the faded photo, imagining who the people were and what they were doing, was something Ivy enjoyed doing. Ivy settled back into her chair, her eyes fixed on the photos in the frame and her thoughts fixed on everything and nothing. There were lilacs behind the house, and some rambling rosebushes, a vegetable garden, and inside lots of frilly curtains, also ivy recalled the parlor with its very pretty furniture, just the right place for a tea party with your dollies, only Grandma wasn't so sure about that.
Her thoughts were interrupted by the telephone, "Damned thing!"
Ivy shuffled over and mustering her most polite voice said "Hello". "Hi Mom," the voice on the other end said, " what time do you want us to pick you up for dinner on Sunday?" There was a long pause, and then "Mom, did you forget it's Mothers Day?" "Not really, I was just thinking that I will go to Beans Cove instead." she said "All by myself."