Winston Sr. was transported mentally all those years as he narrated to his son. “This was old Wilson’s store when I was young. He had good merchandise, but nothing like we have been blessed with, save one item.”
“There was one piece that was the most exciting thing in the store. I loved it, you might say, it helped point me in the right direction, for all the wrong reasons” Winston hadn’t heard all this story before, but he knew what the item was. “The Olsen Clock.”
His Father smiled. He saw her outside across the way. She was helping her Grandmother with shopping. Ashley McCalister was home from college visiting. Winston worked for Kent Wilson, and knew that Ashley would be in the store any minute. He looked at the clock.
Winston was scheduled to leave early to go on a trip with his friends. Kent was encouraging him to go on and have a good time. Mr. Wilson stopped when he saw the look on Winston’s face. It was during that visit that Ashley and her Grandmother remarked how beautiful the old clock was.
It was an heirloom from the early 1900s, that had seen better days. It had an oak cabinet, sterling silver casing. It was made with copper gears, and had a jeweled face. Time had weathered it, and conditions had damaged it. Even though, it was in far less condition than it should have been, it was a treasure.
Kent had bought it as the talking piece of his shop, and it had served it’s purpose well for years. A fleeting comment from Ashley would alter both their lives. “Grandmother, when I marry, I want to buy this clock to remind us how precious time is. I want to use it to cherish every moment of my family’s life together.”
Her Grandmother Linda smiled. “Time is precious, when it’s used to treasure loved ones.” Neither one of them paid any attention to the young clerk sweeping a clean floor. They made their purchases and left. He called his friends, cancelled his trip, and made an agreement with Mr. Wilson to use the money to purchase the Olsen Clock.
Find out what happens next in the upcoming installment of Cambridge’s next month.