Sharing Stories

Out on the bricks for faithful vac


Times change. I am in a whirlwind

of downsizing. Clothes that fit

twenty or more years ago,

no longer worn, but will come back stylish—

someone else will become a fashion plate.

Retiring as a Seattle bus driver ten years ago,

a passenger asked, “What do you plan on doing?”

Laughing, I answered, “I’ll finally clear out my closet

of high school pleated skirts.” My little “joke.”

I was ready, but still felt youngish and frisky.

A voice popped up, “You have your school clothes?”

I laughed out loud at the absurdity.

Times change. My loyal, thirty-year-old vacuum cleaner

sighed a dusty inhale. Duct tape, new bag—soft whispers,

worn and torn, kissing carpeted or hardwood floors.

I felt a lump in my throat as a friend carried

her out the front door—sadness, delivering

new meaning to vacuum cleaner attachment.

I search for a replacement, so many choices.

Can’t turn back time—I wish for a magic wand,

no vacuum needed—bibbidi, bobbidi, boo.

I will step into the vacuum cleaner jungle

carefully, hoping to find a loyal, tame brand.

Times change. Even now, growing older,

I am ready to change, trying modern times.

April Ryan is a retired Seattle Metro driver and an actively working writer/poet.

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