dVerse — Haibun Monday — Now I am 6

me at my 6 year birthday party low res
from l-r:  cousin Susie (4.5 yrs older than me), Debbie V (school friend), me (now 6 years old), and Peggy (neighborhood friend)

 

I turned six over fifty years ago, so there is a lot I don’t remember about the day of my sixth birthday party. I do remember these four girls. My cousin, Susie, and I were inseparable as kids. She, being four and a half years older than me, was the natural leader. Back then we were about the same size. Now I’m almost six feet tall and she is just shy of five feet. Debbie was a happy child and I remember exactly where she lived, probably because her house could be seen from the boulevard through town and was passed often. Peggy was a twin that lived a block down and across the street. Her brother was Paul, and one day my mom got a visit from Peggy and Paul’s mom; as I had literally ripped Paul’s shirt off of him in anger. They didn’t live there long. After they moved out, my best friend, Terry, moved in with his family.

There was a tornado warning that day and all of us had to go into the basement and wait. Michigan has had over one thousand tornadoes touch down between 1950 and 2012, making it twentieth in the nation for most recorded tornadoes in that time period. One did not touch down that day in my town. I wonder if I remember it because I was scared or because the party was interrupted?

Old memories flown
except for sparse tattered shreds –
posed celluloid smiles.

 

 

Kim is today’s host of dVerse.  Kim says:
For this challenge, I ask you to think about your own birthdays, ones from the past, one that is coming up, a memorable one, or one you are dreading. Whether it’s birthday cake and balloons, a quiet glass of wine on your own that turned into something memorable, or a complete disaster, I’d like you to share a birthday with us.

55 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Old photographs hold strange fascination.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      100% agree, Sadje. Going through old photo albums is like going down the rabbit hole.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Or time traveling!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes, exactly, Sadje 🙂

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          1. Sadje says:

            🙏🙏🙏

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  2. kim881 says:

    What a six-year-old cutie! Such a shame we can’t remember everything from the past, although it is all in there somewhere, Lisa. You remembered your friends, though, and they must made it even more special. Because I only ever see the little circle with your smiling face in it, I didn’t realise you were so tall! My daughter is too. Fancy spending your birthday in the basement because of a tornado warning! We don’t get them here, although I’ve seen footage of them and, of course, I remember what happened in the Wizard of Oz! That does make it twice as memorable. I love the haiku.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kim. I was an adorable child 🙂 I’ve only ever seen a funnel cloud over Lake MI a time or two and have been blessed to never be caught in one. ::knocking on wood::

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    2. msjadeli says:

      Neat that your daughter is tall, Kim. My mom is 5’9″ (or was, shrunk some now) and my dad was 6’3″.

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  3. calmkate says:

    wow packed with old memories Lisa, that photo is precious!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kate. I have a pic somewhere where I’m having a tea party with a giant stuffed bear somewhere also. If I ever find it will post 🙂

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      1. calmkate says:

        great idea Lisa, good to document them on our blogs 🙂

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  4. Great memories from your childhood.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jim, childhood was a mixed bag, truth be told.

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  5. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    A fun and fascinating memory. Several of my memories at 3-5, it turned lout later were things told to me later by my mother. Memory, clouded by age now, is a special effort, which garners varied results.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hear you about the vicarious memories. The only part of this, beyond what I say in the haibun, I remember is standing in the basement with everyone.

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  6. A lovely haiku. It’s funny how old photographs can bring back so many memories. And sometimes it’s those unexpected things (like tornados) that make the memory!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Sarah, exactly. If I didn’t have that picture, it wouldn’t have dominoed the rest.

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  7. Lucy says:

    So much memory here especially with the associations with old friends, and then the abrupt interruption of the party with a tornado warning. It is indeed the strangest things that stick with us for life. I wonder with some events, if the strange occurrences are one of the only reasons we remember these memories either so vividly or strongly.

    Such an eloquent haiku, wonderfully entwined in the event you described. Excellent piece, and a fantastic take on the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it does some to be the outlier incidents that stick. Thank you very much, Lucy.

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  8. What a cool memory, Li. Good writing, too!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Susan 🙂

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  9. Mish says:

    Photos are visual stories and this one speaks about friendship and joy. Peggy looks a little leery about joining in. Did you pull her on her shirt too? Just kidding.
    I like the interesting details that you remember and how the haiku even has a hint of tornado swirling through it. Speaking of tornadoes, we had a watch here today with our severe thunderstorms, so the basement was a good place to be.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Mish, never thought of that part with Peggy, so funny! lol I wish I could remember what made me so ticked I would do what I did to the kid. He probably earned it. Hoping the storm passes by you without any damage, and yes on the basement.

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  10. Ron. says:

    I think I was six once.
    Great haiku/bun, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Ron 🙂

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    It is really interesting what we remember from our early years. Traumatic experience get embedded at any age. Love the photo of you and your friends!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Embedded is a great word for it, Dwight.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Thank you… that is what happens

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  12. Old photographs often bring back unexpected memories! What a lovely haiku, Li!🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Punam 🙂 Yes they do.

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  13. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Love the photograph… because it interrupted your party! How dare it?

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  14. Ingrid says:

    Interesting memories: it must have been terrifying, as a child, anticipating a tornado? I was fascinated by the idea of a tornado but in the UK these were never a threat!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      To be honest, I’m not sure I knew what a tornado was but probably picked up on the feelings of the adults?

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      1. Ingrid says:

        Oh I was terrified of them, maybe because of The Wizard of Oz?

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah! Another aspect to consider!

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  15. My sixth birthday wasn’t that far away and still I can’t remember it with such details. I loved reading about your childhood memories.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, I was thinking my memory was bad on it, but maybe not as bad as I thought 🙂

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      1. Haha. No. Yours is way better 😃

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  16. gillena cox says:

    Memories are made of this. I remember my grandaughter expecting her 6th birthday party, which had to be cancelled because of islandwide flooding that year.
    Have a nice week

    Much🎂love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gillena, and glad you connected with it.

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  17. oh love the details you remember and shared. your prose’s closing caption is thought-provoking!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you!

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  18. memadtwo says:

    What a sweet photo of you and your friends. One of my few vivid memories as a child is of watching a tornado over Lake Erie. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is something once seen never forgotten. I have seen funnel clouds over the lake which is a pre-tornado I think…

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  19. jazzytower says:

    It’s interesting to have a memory From that young. Maybe the tornado did have something to do with that. Love the old photos and his you relayed the memory.

    Pat

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Pat, I have a lot of memories from childhood! Many of them around things not so good, but many happy memories also. Thank you and glad you enjoyed the photo and the haibun.

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      1. jazzytower says:

        Yes, it was a good read😊

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  20. rivrvlogr says:

    A tornado (even just a warning) on a birthday would be enough to remember!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The train tracks ran behind our house where I grew up. I remember one time there was a ruckus out back. Standing around in the crowd, I heard one adult say someone had been mangled. I had no idea what mangled meant but from the tone of their voice I knew it wasn’t good.

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