I had a shock this morning. As I waved to Julia after dropping her at work I realised I had my father’s hands on the ends of my arms. I have the same ageing skin, the same slightly bent fingers and the same way of holding my hand when I wave. I even have some brown spots, though mine are freckles rather than age-related.
It was a bit of a shock.
I once wrote a poem, my first published poem as an adult, about looking in my shaving mirror to see my father looking back. It wasn’t quite accurate (or “authentic”, if you prefer), because I don’t, as you may have guessed from the beard, shave. And in those unguarded mirror moments I actually look a lot like my maternal grandfather who has handed down his distinctive head shape to me.
Eventually, I will probably write a poem about this. It will be much more complicated than the anecdote I have just related and will include angst and a word I can’t quite remember. I’ll remember it when I stop thinking about it. It’s like ambivalence. It might be ambiguous. Something along those lines anyway. Editors, it seems, like that sort of stuff, and I don’t have enough of it.
That reminds me, I have a haibun in Contemporary Haibun Online January Issue. I feel that it may be the last for some time, as one of the main magazines is closing and the chief editor, who has accepted several of my haibun, and offered editorial advice, is being replaced by a man who I do not get on with quite as well.
Time to work on my craft, and begin battering editors with my brilliance.
There were eighteen parcels to pack this morning including several with multiple content. We also bought in a pair of Great War medals and some sovereigns.
We turned down the tin of worthless coins and the stamp collection. It was plain that the owner of the coins thought they were worth a lot more than we did so we persuaded him to keep them as their interest outweighed their commercial value. The stamps, we were truthful about – the market for modern First Day Covers has been dreadful for years and we don’t buy them unless they are autographed or have a coin on them. Or they belonged to Freddie Mercury’s father.
For tea, we will be having haggis. This time it is made with meat. I’m looking forwards to it, and to making veggie burgers with the leftover veg,
As a welcome coincidence, it begins with “H” and allows me to indulge my passion for alliterative titles.
I love the haibun, Simon!
Both my husband and younger daughter complain of each other’s behaviour to me and the complaints are identical as they are so much alike.
Thank you Clare. 🙂 Mothers are always peacemakers. 🙂
A splendid haibun. No mistaking Julia’s input 🙂
🙂 Yes, it’s a small but recognisable slice of “Life with the Quercuses”. Thank you for your kind comment.
I like the haibun. It made me laugh. As for parental resemblance, we all get it one way or another. I had an ID badge that always made me think of my father. Then I needed a new one an it doesn’t have the same look. But it’s there in the mirror–or a grandmother or aunt…
Yes. It gets us all. 🙂
And thank you for the kind comment on the haibun. 🙂
Congratulations on the published Haibun. I am sure that the new editor will soon come round to your way of thinking.
We will see. I will regard it as a challenge to be overcome. 😉
That is a nice haibun, Quercus.