The Play Ground

Photo copyright: R B

Photo copyright: Roger Bultot.

In and out of the weeping willow trees he went, wandering like a lost spirit. It was as if he was a puppy, just tasting the air. You know checking out those interesting spots. It was as if he was wrapped in the fine tendrils of kelp, drifting in the ocean. But the bad lands awaited him. For he left his paradise and headed out over swathes of grass, past signs which said Keep Off. All the colours of the rainbow lay before him, as the parks gardener shouted can’t you read lad. But he could neither read or hear.

Happy new year readers, todays story is from my memoirs, I was about five years of age, and rather deaf.

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  1. Sandra

    The comparison with a puppy sets the scene so vividly.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was lucky to be able to wander like a puppy as a child. Thank you Sandra,

  2. J. E. Kennedy

    A poignant story, more so that it is from your memoirs. The puppy simile is wonderful.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, I am so pleased you liked it. I was a happy little puppy that day.

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Picturesque story and more interesting because of its truth. Was it true deafness or ‘selective hearing?’



    1. Michael Humphris

      A bit of both: the bones in my middle ear were often adhering together.

  4. creatingahome

    oh dear

    1. Michael Humphris

      No need to worry,

  5. yarnspinnerr

    Fabulous. You took chronic middle ear infection to a literary high.

  6. Jane Dougherty

    Lovely images wandering from the high seas to green lawns 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s how it seemed to me at the time. At the time the park in Banbury was full of flowers and well maintained.

      1. Jane Dougherty

        Parks used to be safe places. Maybe because they had park keepers.

        1. Michael Humphris

          To many places need a caring hand these days. My dog often picks up empty cans and bottles. He then drops them at my feet for me to put in a refuse bin. If I only had a penny for each item.

  7. Iain Kelly

    I like the imaginative and inquisitive child.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That pleases me. Thank you.

  8. pennygadd51

    Some lovely description there, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s kind of you. It was a good time.

  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    A child’s imagination is powerful

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s true, it feels like I never grew up.

  10. Keith's Ramblings

    I love the wimsical, almost magical feling you’e portrayed in your piece. Simply delightful.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith for such a nice comment.

  11. Dale

    Lovely images you have created, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale, it was a beautiful park to visit. It also did have children’s play area, but I preferred to wander.

  12. anuragbakhshi

    Great imagery. Loved it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind feedback. At that time Banbury park was a great place to visit.

  13. Moon

    Beautiful descriptions, Michael. Loved the dreaminess in your tale.

  14. Lynn Love

    As others have said, a lovely dreamlike quality to this tale. Well done Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Lynn

  15. Jelli

    I really liked this one. I didn’t picture a child, but a full grown person so lost in the moment that nothing else in the world mattered…. Thank you for that moment of peace. It was much needed and a pleasure to enjoy! Happy New Year, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was pleased to read the way that you interpreted my story. Happy new year

  16. Christine Goodnough

    Liked you stpry, the picture you’ve drawn. I think you’ve used a lot of extra words though, with those, “it was as if he was starters. How about “he was like” or “he seemed like”?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Christine, I can have a tendency to be rather flowery. It was diffinately how I saw things as a child. However I am always pleased to know how a story can be altered.

      1. Christine Goodnough

        I have much to learn about being brief, yet clear — and it looks like I need to learn how to spell, too. 🙁 You need the fingers of a child for today’s phones.

        1. Michael Humphris

          I wish that I could use today’s phones. As for the ability to spell, it still eludes me.

  17. Dan Bohn

    I like running and nosing around like a puppy Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It can be fun, untill one’s stomach rumbles.

  18. granonine

    Oh, my heart! I want to go puck up that little boy and hug him 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I suspect that he was usually to grubby to be hugged, but I loved the sentiment. Thanking you and sending a new year hug to you.

      1. granonine

        Right back atcha, Michael 🙂

        1. Michael Humphris
  19. Jan Brown

    Wonderful little memoir. It seems as though the hearing loss actually allowed a fuller enjoyment of the colorful imagery around you. What a vivid memory.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Jan, fortunately my hearing improved whilst my love of nature remains.

  20. Fatima Fakier

    Sounds like a wonderful free-spirited childhood.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Fatima. It had its moments, but it did mean that I was somewhat of a day dreamer at school.

      1. Fatima Fakier

        Ha ha! Some of the best people and writers often are daydreamers. And I say this as a fellow daydreamer myself

  21. patriciaruthsusan

    Bless his heart. The gardener needed to take his little hand and guide him back home. I hope he eventually did. A lovely memoir, Michael. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne, gardening did become part of my life.

  22. Dahlia

    I loved how you saw this as a garden as freedom – awesome take on the prompt 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for such a lovely comment. I count myself fortunate that a love of nature became part of my life.

  23. Sarah Ann

    Such ethereality in his wandering – lovely. Although I wonder what happens next and am glad it’s only a gardener and not a gamekeeper shouting at him.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sarah Ann, I did meet gamekeepers, but fortunately my love of gardens and nature has always seen me right.

  24. Susan

    You sound happy in spite of the disability. But I have heard that the absence of one sense intensifies the others. Maybe that is why you are such a fine writer.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Susan, fortunately my hearing improved markedly. More recently I have gained so much from attempting to write flash fiction, .

  25. Varad

    Very descriptive narrative, Michael. Well done. Good to hear your condition improved over the years. Cheers, Varad

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Varad,

  26. Sascha Darlington

    Beautiful writing, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Such a lovely comment, thank you.

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