A gentleman

Photo curtsy of J A

Photo curtsy of Valerie J Barrett

Now Jimmy a small gent, was always seen in the company of his cycle pulling a trailer. It’s distinctive sign told you all that you needed to know. Pots and pans mended. Knifes sharped. Jimmy was a fixer by trade. Give him a leaky kettle and he’d put a neat patch on it. He even understood that modern thing called electric, and would put a new flex on a Iron in a jiffy. Yes Jimmy was sadly missed the day he passed on. A spoon of real life was he… His smile opened many a bedroom door.

I’m Back with hopefully a sack full of new stories, after a fine holiday traveling around New England and Quebec. Now only time will tell if new stories are waiting in the wings. For today’s offering is a snippet from many years back.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. Mike

    Loved that last line!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do not always remember to think about how I let a story ends, yet it is important, so I appreciate your comment, thank you.

  2. Iain Kelly

    Jimmy seems like a handy man to have around, in more ways than one!

    1. Michael Humphris

      The ladies tell me that he certainly was.

  3. Sandra

    A smile to open a bedroom door – now there is an asset indeed. Happy homecoming, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, a smile can often be welcome

  4. Na'ama Yehuda

    I think I’d have liked that Jimmy! And my Mama would’a had some sheers for him to sharpen and an kettle to patch besides! 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      If only I could sharpen sheers my garden would look better. Thank you Na’ama.

      1. Na'ama Yehuda

        🙂 There’s always good reason for sheer hope … 😉

        1. Michael Humphris

          Love your choice of career, keep up the good work. I will watch out for your flash stories, sadly I am not a sharp commenter

          1. Na'ama Yehuda

            I do love my choice of profession and life-work, as well as how it ties ever so neatly into my love of words and writing and nature and science and people and … 🙂

            Made me laugh re: sharpness … I beg to differ, but even if so, being blunt isn’t such a bad thing, sometimes, either … (especially when blunt can co-exist with kind…) 😉
            Happy to have you read and comment!

  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    It seems Jimmy was more than just handy at fixing things. 😉 Welcome back.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, I enjoyed my travels around New England and Quebec

  6. ceayr

    Seems like Jim could fix it, no matter the problem!

    1. Michael Humphris

      He certainly knew how to bring a little happiness into someone’s life.

  7. msjadeli

    An enjoyable character study of an interesting fellow. May he rest in peace.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He was an interesting character, I enjoyed writing about him,

  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Sound like he got payed in something else than money…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Very true Björn , money is not always the best option

  9. Brenda's Thoughts

    Hope you enjoyed your travels and welcome back. Look forward to your many new stories. Great descritpion of your character, Jimmy. I’m sure he will be missed.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Brenda, New England and Quebec where interesting. Patching and repairing is a valuable skill when money is tight.

  10. Abhijit Ray

    Men like Jimmy will always be missed. Jimmy helped solve problems with a smile.

    1. Michael Humphris

      People who can work miracles are always appreciated. Thank you Abhijit

  11. draliman

    Love the last line! Jimmy sounds like quite the character.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Draliman I enjoyed writing about him

  12. neilmacdon

    Tinkers have gone the way of rag and bone men, And those fellows with berets and bikes and strings of onions. I loved “His smile opened many a bedroom door.”

    1. Michael Humphris

      Neil, you have me thinking about ‘knockers up and and night soil men’, which means more stories in the pipe line.

  13. Liz Young

    Love that final sentence!

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is good when things come together, thank you Liz

  14. Keith's Ramblings

    Good at this, that and the other! Nice one Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith, suddenly I have a raft of stories about the past.

  15. pennygadd51

    You’ve written an engaging portrait of Jimmy, the fixer. And your last sentence made me laugh!

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased you laughed, laughter is good,

  16. plaridel

    he seems a real handyman indeed. many a kid in the neighborhood must look like him. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris
  17. Dale

    Jimmy’s are great to have around. They are always missed when they are no more.
    Lovely take, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale, I will have to travel more often, I spent three great days in Quebec while on holiday last week.

  18. DB McNicol

    Really enjoyed this one…brought back to mind growing up in small town New England.


    1. Michael Humphris

      I have just returned from traveling in New England, Boston to Quebec travelling up the Old Canada road via Portland, then back to Saratoga, very enjoyable.

  19. patriciaruthsusan

    Welcome back, Michael. It seems Jimmy will be missed for more than one reason. It seems those people were good at keeping secrets or Jimmy might have passed long before. Well written.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Patricia. Individuals like Jimmy were much valued, he must have been a secret worth keeping

  20. kzmcb

    I liked your take on the prompt, focusing on a character not in the picture. A good link between Jimmy’s passing and the passing of time.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I can’t see a old kettle without recalling some of the stories I heard as a child. So much is changing these days. Writing such stories is a pleasure.

  21. granonine

    Sometimes it’s fun and fitting to dust off the old stories 🙂 Welcome back!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Linda, I will have to look up a few more, perhaps about the night soil men. !

  22. Sascha Darlington

    Excellent. As others have said, that last sentence is a kicker! 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Love the term kicker, thank you Sascha

  23. Eugenia Parrish Author

    My momma would have been a-standin’ at that bedroom door!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I guess many welcomed his visits, he brought sunshine into their life’s, always welcome

  24. michaelwynnauthor

    It seems Jimmy was more than just practical but saucy and crafty to boot. A right character. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Micheal, it was good to write about such a character

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