Button Box

I loved playing with the buttons
in ‘Grandma’ Kirk’s button box.
She wasn’t my real grandma
but mum’s friend
who used to have a Chip Shop nearby.
When she died ‘Auntie’ Stacey,
(who wasn’t my real aunt either),
took the money
that Grandma Kirk had hidden
under the floorboards,
even though it had been left to mum.
She was a bad ‘un,
my mum said.
The £200 that was in the bank
was all that was left.
She showed the bank manager
the hole in the floor.
He looked amazed
my mum said.
He said to leave it with him
and she heard no more.


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