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It hung just to left of the mixer tap, with its’ easily recognisable logo, a great example of your typical “souvenir” - just one of a whole bunch that the boy had received as “freebies” as he built up his collection of favourite TV series and films. He had started his first collections as a young teenager - gradually replacing his original video tapes with the later DVDs. His love for these old TV series never left him - there he could escape - back to his childhood and early teens - when he had been himself - his real self - happy, smiling, kind and full of fun and laughter. The free gift of this set had delighted him - though maybe not so much his mum - “Where am I going to put them????” she had almost wailed when they had arrived!!
His DVDs hadn’t bothered her as much - they could live happily in his room - even though they were usually spread across his floor instead of on the shelves! But these - where was she to keep them for him?? Storage space was at a premium in her home - everything was “compact” and to the best of her ability she operated on a “one in/one out” system - with everything they purchased, and even with that in place their storage was full to capacity - to add an additional 8 items to her already overcrowded spaces felt like madness!!
Yet she couldn’t bring herself to say anything to him - he was SO pleased with them - he was almost himself again - light shining in his eyes as he unpacked them one after another . “I”ll use them, mum. You don’t mind, do you? You and dad can use them too - no problem.” he said, looking at her hopefully - - -
What could I say? They made him happy - even if only for a brief moment in time - and now - this blue one is one of only two that were unbroken - - this one left here in the cottage, the other in his hands - - - - circumstance has made this mass produced souvenir unbelievably precious - - - a very basic navy blue mug - not even fine bone china at that - with the logo that proclaims “Trekkie” - and for me - infinitely precious. And to anyone who knew my boy - speaks his name as clearly as if he was still in the room with me, so that this year it became a way for him to be sharing Christmas with us - and that logo is especially significant now - My bright shining star - - - -
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Bannaghtyn, J xx