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Memories of a Men’s Store …

This was a fun one. Writers Write Everyday (Facebook Group) posted this picture up earlier as a writing prompt. I saw it and immediately wanted to join in.


The first thing that came to my mind was an elderly man standing outside. I’m not sure why … who knows how writer’s minds work, lol.

But here is what came from a 5-minute writing sprint.


Fino’s men store. The name brought back so many memories. I fondly remembered the day I got fitted for my first suit at age fifteen. I thought back to my excitement at seeing that first paycheck after old man Fino hired me the summer I turned seventeen. And I thought of going back three years later to get my suit for my wedding to my precious Caroline, God rest her soul.

A small group of us stood out front to say our last goodbyes that Sunday morning. The wrecking crew would be there Monday and soon Fino’s would just be a collection of photos and dusty old suits in attics that a bunch of old men couldn’t fit anymore. I pulled out the camera my grandson had gotten me for Christmas and snapped a picture of the sign. Tipping my hat, I said goodbye to the other fellas and headed home with a smile.

~~ Keep Writing ~~



Toni J Lynch is a Contemporary Fiction writer, and blogger living in Northwest Ohio with her three children. She's been a writer since she can remember and although she put it aside for many years she has realized that it is her calling in life to bring characters into existence. Also an avid reader and crafter; when she isn’t writing she is usually seen with a book in one hand and a glue gun in the other. with a book in one hand and craft glue in the other.

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