Red

Red Henry: He has tales to tell and the scars to prove it.

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I have had Henry with me for about 30 years, a lot has happened in those 3 decades. He finally needs to go into retirement and be replaced with a younger model. I just could not bring myself to take him to the dump – he holds memories – how ridiculous to have a sentimental attachment to a gadget, but he’s seen me through some tough times.

I asked Miss E (8) to think about what we could do with Henry, and she came up with the idea that he could be used to hold toys for Little Miss M (3), “because she would love to push them around” – and I do believe she would!

So after a bit a a clean he has taken up his new post as a toy carriage.DSC_0061

And if that doesn’t please Little Miss M as much as we think it will – he can be used as a moveable plant pot holder for the heavy blue ceramic pot holding a custard apple plant that I have grown from seed.

One of Henry’s Tales:

Cue wobbly camera effect as we go back to circa 1989……..The day was fraught with my 11 year old middle child (!) being very annoying. He was pretty cross with me for leaving his Dad, and I was pretty cross with him for being bolshie. We were all struggling to adjust to the new situation. We lived in a town at that time and were planning to go shopping, he was refusing to come with us. In the end he persuaded me to leave him at home – we only planned to be about 45 mins so rightly or wrongly (wrongly as it turned out!) I decided I could really do with a break from the arguments and took the other two with me.

The three of us were wandering peacefully along in the pedestrian shopping street when a bike came up beside us very fast and screeched to a halt! It was middle child looking terrified – he garbled, without drawing breath “I wanted to be helpful, so I thought I’d lay the fire but it caught alight and I tried to put it out but it made a mess so I vacuumed it up and now the vacuum cleaner’s on fire!!!”

“Ok,”I said, “we will all go home” (I could be very calm in a crisis in those days) and he took off on his bike.Β We hurried back to the car park and drove home.

When we arrived, I was relieved to see no flames licking the roof, only an ashen faced boy holding on tightly to his bike standing at the gate waiting for us.

Opening the door I was greeted by a hideous smell, a mixture of burnt plastic and human hair (a lot of hair seems to be vacuumed up in our house) have you ever burnt hair – it smells DISGUSTING.

But no smoke and no fire! Phew!

Luckily the smouldering pieces once inside Henry’s belly had seemingly run out of oxygen and although they had burnt through the dust bag and a made a small hole in the canvas dust bag cover, DSC_0043and some scorch marks on the inside, no further harm was done and Henry still worked perfectly well, and soldiered on reliably until just a few weeks ago.

On the plus side – middle child was quite subdued and beautifully behaved for the rest of the week, returning to his more natural good humour and playfulness.

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cantankerous child

with charm and a certain look

he redeems himself

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and a 3/5/3

cheeky boy

with a charming look

puts things right

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Which do you like best?

These are definitely Haibun this week: story summed up with a haiku

And the new Henry seems to be settling in nicelyDSC_0043 (1)

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Joining in with Ronovan’s ever expanding band of Haiku Challengers. Prompt words: CHARM and LOOK

and

Bluedaisyz 52 week Photo Challenge: RED

Bluedaisyz Challenge is coming to an end. 😦

A few of us have enjoyed it so much we have been chatting behind the scenes and hopefully there will be some exciting developments to tell you about next week. πŸ˜€

I’m very excited!

The photo prompt for next week is:

MAGIC!

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23 responses to “Red

  1. So glad you liked my Breaking News. I’ve enjoy this post immensely. Hope for a journey with you.

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  2. That’s fine – I’ll edit it.

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  3. i am more taken with the cheeky boy. it rings more true to his devilish ways. _ jk πŸ˜‰

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  4. Ha, ha! Your poor son, I can imagine he behaved if only out of gratitude for your understanding his mishap! I like the first one best also, a bit more jaunt to it, suppose the extra syllables help there. πŸ™‚

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  5. “Cantankerous” Using that word makes the first one my winner. Great little story!

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  6. Boys do love fire don’t they. I have a couple of stories about my son! I think I like the brevity of the second haiku.

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  7. Lovely creative use of Henry:)

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  8. A real tale
    Of family life
    Told with love

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  9. Poor old Henry! I liked the first haiku best Daffy. Thank goodness everything turned out well, and Henry survived his ordeal as did your son! πŸ™‚

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  10. Love it! Made me laugh, such a typical story of family life.

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