Estate Sale.

Estate Sale.

The drawer was pulled open. The utensils slammed against the back from force. The plastic tray holding them scraped the bottom, the same rattle-scrape for twenty-five years.

These knives were once weapons used against us both.
I’ll be glad when they’re gone.


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38 Responses to “Estate Sale.”

  1. habibadanyal says:

    Sounds like the movie, Mr and Mrs smith. 😛

  2. Sam Merel says:

    I remember the post you wrote about those knives last year; it stuck with me for a long, long time. Here’s hoping they’re gone soon.

  3. Kir Piccini says:

    I liked the visual of the utensils sliding back by force, I could hear that sound in my head.

    We will all be better when the knives are put away. Nice write.

    • michellelongo says:

      Thanks, Kir! I can still hear the sound of that drawer in my head, even though I haven’t actually heard it in over a decade.

  4. theinnerzone says:

    Such a visual piece. Like Kir said, I could hear the sound in my head, too.

  5. EagleAye says:

    A moment with powerful clarity. There’s just enough here to raise goosebumps.

  6. Perfect imagery. Your words are most evocative!

  7. Jennifer G. Knoblock says:

    The “slam” and “rattle-scrape,” wonderful sounds. I love how the title is so integral to the meaning of the piece.

    • michellelongo says:

      I could really use a lot more than 42 words to tell the whole story, but I thought this was a nice chunk of it.

  8. Stacie says:

    I say get rid of them already! I remember the knife post. So heartbreaking.

  9. Suzanne says:

    Wow. Powerfully executed, Michelle. I can hear that scraping – and feel the tension beneath the words.

  10. TMW Hickman says:

    This was intense and focused. Sharp, like the knives.

  11. C.C. says:

    “The same rattle-scrape for twenty-five years” is the part that really gets me…not only can I hear that sound, but can hear that rattle-scrape endlessly scraping over and over again throughout the years. Vividly.

  12. Marcy says:

    I remember the knife post, too. I love the title of this post and how you continue the story.

  13. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Great use of the ‘homey’ kitcheny sound of cutlery drawers in contrast to the threat of violence. *shivers*

  14. That slamming moment! I can hear it, Michelle!

  15. Jen says:

    ha, this is fantastic. How clever!

  16. Meg says:

    Your talent for scene setting is so evident here. I could picture/hear this vividly, and the emotion behind it all.

  17. innatejames says:

    So long hurtful knives! Very happy for you. Time to move on.

  18. i really like how you described the sounds vividly hear. the rattle-scrape. the slam. it answers the prompt so well.

    additionally, i especially like how you linked it to your old post. even though it was a tough, sad read, so it must have been even harder to write and share about. thanks for sharing about your experience, despite how painful it must have been.

    it will be good to let those knives go.

    • michellelongo says:

      Thanks for such a thoughtful comment and for taking the time to go back to the old post. I was working on a longer essay about the estate sale at my childhood home and during a break from writing it I read the prompt for this week. It was just one of those crazy coincidences.


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