And Suddenly It’s Monday


Pick a childhood memory, he says. “Beatles. Hello Goodbye” I don’t even hesitate. Late 60s are vivid in my head. It redeemed itself as timeless, I tell him, and it was playing as the turkey roasted in the oven, bread stuffing spilling out and on the verge of catching light. And a big bowl of pitted black olives, shiny as onyx pebbles, and they fit perfectly on the end of my fingers. I was told off for loading up on them before dinner was on the table. And my cousin’s record player turning at 33-1/3 rpms, playing “Hello Goodbye” and my head continually questioning ‘a walrus?’. Odd moments that stick to you, probably because Dad told my aunt that the turkey wasn’t cooked and that he refused to eat it. Mum burst into tears, and my uncle rose from his chair, glaring at Dad like a carnivorous plant.

And what about you, I say. And he stares off into the distance, and says,
Well, there was that time that my dad’s white van slid off the road and landed in that creek at the edge of town. And then he strolls off as if that was enough said about that.

Image: WikiArt, Man Lying on a Wall by L S Lowry (fair use)  ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #apoemaday on Twitter

12 responses to “And Suddenly It’s Monday”

  1. Showing my age. That song was #1 when I was born!

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    1. A very good year. 😄

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  2. I enjoyed this tour through the magical mystery of your childhood memories, Misky! 😊

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    1. 😂 and those strawberry fields where we’d earn a bit of spare money. I reckon I ate more than I picked!

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  3. We discovered a Beatles track neither Mr Worms nor I had ever heard today. I think it was called Glass Onion. Do you know it? Love this sort of hypnotic ramble through an occasion. I like the way it’s put together.

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    1. I think that’s the song that says that Paul is the walrus and John was the egg man. I’m glad you like the way it’s put together – it was an actually part of a conversation in the car.

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  4. I remember sitting in a (middle school?) classroom, watching a couple of girls scrawling The Beates names on a chalkboard & having no idea who the hell they were, and why they called themselves the Beatles. A week or two later they made their American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1964. I was 13. By the time he was murdered (1980), John and I were brothers. Imagine.
    Beautiful recollection, M. Thanks.


    1. I like the Beatles, but I was more a Rolling Stones sort of girl. I still am…


  5. Oh. I remember being a young observer of the 1960. The question of why a walrus never really answered. But the family arguments around the table, especially at holidays. I’m not sure why people had to argue about what day an old bridge opened for the first time. Did it matter?

    I can relate to your writing and the reactions of the people. Very reactions, some anyway.

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    1. It’s a funny thing about families – they all seem to find something to argue about. 🙂

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      1. Now someone is likely to pull out a smart phone to fact check… though you can’t believe everything on the net!


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