The Loss

Let It Be
by Ben Huberman
A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?


I had gone with my (late) husband to my father’s ancestral home (which is in a different village from my husband’s), for a family occasion. The old home looked bare, and desolate.

There was something missing. It hit me with a suddenness, and for a few minutes I couldn’t breathe properly.

The trees —— they were no longer there. All the old world charm had gone. Trees planted by grandmother, which had weathered decades of rain, and storms were no longer there.

I wish someone in the family hadn’t let it happen, and had stopped uncle’s wife from cutting down the old ones. Those trees were memories of my childhood, when grandmother, and my parents were alive.

How come no one stopped her?

I will forever mourn them.


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