Harry sat in his old recliner, remembering Mattie.  That Mattie!  She was something else all right!  Funny about the night they stayed in the Palace Hotel.  Cost them a pretty penny!   Mattie couldn’t wait to get home.  She said the light blades reminded her of a job she needed to do.  She was always in a hurry to do any job – this time,  re-varnishing an old three-legged stool she bought at the auction.   Imagine.  Mattie in the Palace, thinking about varnishing a three-legged stool.  Nobody like Mattie.  He wished she was still sitting on his lap in the old recliner.


We had a look into the life of Mattie and Harry back some time ago.  Some readers ask me to do other Mattie and Harry stories; so here’s another.


I’m pitching my hat into a new challenge today.  The Friday Fiction (100 words or less) offered by Rochelle.  Hope I’m doing it right.  Looks like fun.  Check it out!  Picture prompt from Rochelle.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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29 Responses to NIGHT AT THE PALACE

  1. Oooh… I’ve not read your Harry and Mattie stories! But after this delightful piece, I’m going to bookmark this, and return to read more of them! Love this. ❤

    • oneta hayes says:

      I had only one before, but I will make opportunity for more. I’m beginning to take a liking to Mattie and Harry. I’m pretty sure we will be seeing other snippets of their lives in the future. Thank for the goading to do so. 😀

  2. Dear Oneta,

    Harry and Mattie sound like nice people to know. Nicely done and welcome to Friday Fictioneers.



    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for the welcome, Rochelle. I want to come read some more. You have it set up it such a convenient way to find others who have written from the same prompt. And thanks for the Shalom blessing.

  3. Dale says:

    The important thing is they are happy as they are… Sweet story.

  4. joyroses13 says:

    Great job. Sweet ending, though sad too.

  5. Awwwe, such a lovely scene. Will definitely explore some more of their tales. And welcome to the gang Oneta 🙂

  6. pennygadd51 says:

    Dear Oneta
    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers!
    That’s a beautifully observed story. How often it is the quirks of our spouse’s character that we remember most fondly. I can just see Harry shaking his head as he thinks of Mattie fretting about varnishing her stool instead of enjoying being cosseted at the Palace Hotel.

    • oneta hayes says:

      A wonderfully sweet comment. Obviously you understand the mind of the elderly. I am so happy with the welcome I have received from your group. Thanks. I’ll be over to see you in a bit.

  7. Thanks for letting Harry share a memory with us. Welcome to FF.

  8. lisarey1990 says:

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers.

    This is a sad and sweet story filled with romance and grief. Shows that in the end love is the important thing.

  9. granonine says:

    There’s no love like old love. I’m learning.

  10. Nicely told, welcome to FF

  11. Faye says:

    Creative and beautiful thoughts. FF sounds like fun. Cheers!

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