Fifty was a special birthday for me: I had a new teaching post to start in September, my daughter had come home to celebrate with us, and I had completed half a century pretty much unscathed. I opened cards and a few presents and was feeling good. I knew that my husband was planning something, but I didn’t have a clue what it was.
It was early afternoon when we set off on a mystery tour along the back lanes, passing farms and smallholdings. For months, I’d been talking about wanting a goat to keep the grass a little shorter in our garden. That was it, I thought, a goat! It wasn’t until we parked up in a local village on the Norfolk Broads, and I saw the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat moored up and a group of people with their backs to us waiting to board, that the surprise dawned on me: a trip on a paddle boat! There was music playing and I spotted a band on the top deck. Even better!
As we approached, the crowd of people turned to face us – friends and family from around the country, some of whom I hadn’t seen in years. My husband had been planning it for months: the band, a bar and buffet on board, and a two-hour trip on the Norfolk Broads among reeds, overhanging trees and wildlife. But it didn’t stop there. When we arrived back in the early evening, we continued the celebrations in a traditional pub.
boats and waterfowl
fading sunlight in their wake
another year gone
Kim M. Russell, 3rd August 2020
My haibun for dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: Birthday
I’m hosting at the dVerse Poets Pub this Monday and it’s all about birthdays. Sadly, I don’t have any photographs of the event as I was enjoying myself so much. One of the guests took a few, but they are all of the people inside the boat and people, and I would have loved some of the view from the boat.