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.