Saturday, 4 April 2015

Daisies #AtoZchallenge




I saw daisies on my way here. They reminded me of the summer we did nothing but sit in the field behind my house and make daisy chains; hundreds and hundreds of tiny white flowers, strung together with such care. We draped them across our shoulders, arranged them in our hair, and we danced.
I heard Duran Duran on the radio this morning. I sang along the way we used to, but I didn’t get past the second verse; I couldn’t remember the lyrics. So many sleepovers spent singing along to Hungry Like the Wolf, and I’ve forgotten the words!
Old age does that, I suppose. Bits of memories disappearing randomly. The tune is stuck in my head now; I can’t shake it.
I walked past a post box a moment ago, I stood and stared like a fool. I haven’t written to Nikki for so long; no calls or emails. We send Christmas cards, with assurances we’ll meet, but the year never seems long enough to keep those promises. An invite to her son’s wedding is sitting on my mantelpiece.
I didn’t think it would happen to us, that we’d lose touch, drift apart. This is more an abrupt halt though, I guess. The phone call that eventually came wasn’t from Nikki; it was from her son. She’d been ill; I didn’t even know.
We were Goths for a while when we were seventeen; today, black is the last colour I want to wear.

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52 comments:

  1. Good one! I made a couple of daisy chains once upon an eon. For the most beautiful girl in the world...at least she was at the time. :)

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    1. That's a very romantic thing to do, Hap.

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  2. What great memories. I've never made daisy chains, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

    Scribbles From Jenn - Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

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    1. I don't think I ever did either - far too girly. I was running around like a mad thing!

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  3. Very introspective, Annalisa. A lovely bit of prose that reminds us not to ignore those letters and phone calls - life's too short.

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    1. And those early friends are usually the ones you can call and pick up where you left off without awkwardness, Liz.

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  4. So very sad, losing touch and not having the chance to reconnect. I love the imagery at the end of the goth and the black, so evocative. I remember summers making daisy chains.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Thanks Natasha. I loved the contrast between the bright summer childhood and the dark teenage years :-)

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  5. Lovely contrast of memories and time lost. Feeling sad at all the time wasted

    Anne
    http://www.authorsupport.com

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    1. Losing some friendships can be very sad.

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  6. Daisies and Duran Duran – what a delight!

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    1. I wasn't sure which song to use in this story - I YouTubed a few and didn't even recognise them!

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  7. Beautifully written and provoked a lot of emotion. I'd never forget all the lyrics to Hungry Like a Wolf! :) Have a lovely Easter.

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    1. Thank you Christine. Hope your little one gets better soon :-)

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  8. I used to know Hungry Like a Wolf too. And make daisy chains. I'm trying to do better staying in touch with friends. Though not in April.

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  9. Beautiful, emotive writing! I remember both daisy chains and Duran Duran. :)
    Have a happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks Tyrean. Duran Duran seems to have struck a chord with a few people :-) Happy Easter to you too.

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  10. A very nostalgic, wistful look at simpler times. And you seemed to capture all the phases of childhood, sitting around making daisy chains and then being Goths! Well, maybe they will get back in touch now.

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    1. Sad to say, my brain did not give this story a happy ending - the friend died, and the MC is on her way to the funeral, which is why she mentions wearing black.

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  11. Interesting post that takes me back in time. Better or worse times? I'm not sure. Its always intriguing and healthy to use our memories as touchstones. (Visiting from A to Z)

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    1. I thin there are good and bad memories in all our early years. Thanks for visiting :-)

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  12. Like many of us I'm sure, I can relate to this. I too make annual promises to faraway friends which I never keep. By the way, I saw Duran Duran recently in concert in Dubai. - great as they always were! I even did a bit of Dad Dancing!

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    1. Dad Dancing is the best, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. All those cool kids... they're envious of you :-)

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  13. Hi Annalisa - sorry to read about your friend and I do hope all will be well. Someone else wrote about daisies .. and I mentioned daisy chains, and then when I gardened in South Africa I loved the bellis daisies - small, full ones .. with extra colour .. but daisies are part of our youth. Now that Spring is springing .. I'd rather not wear black - but I have non-blogging friends who are seriously ill ... life is not easy.

    Have a happy and peaceful Easter - Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary. All my posts for A-Z are fiction - but I do hope to inspire emotion, empathy and reflection. Happy Easter :-)

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  14. That is so powerful and sad. We never know when it's someone's last day. Best to reach out while we still can.

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    1. A classmate of mine died a few years ago, too young. I didn't know him very well, but it was a definite wake-up call.

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  15. I'm definitely going to my friend's daughter's wedding now!!! And I think I have a lunch date to make....

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    1. I know how you feel. I was thinking of several old friends while I wrote this.

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  16. I'm going to our friend's son's wedding in September. Wouldn't miss it. Friends are always in our hearts even if we don't see them all the time. Thanks for commenting on my blog, Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. Friendships are so important, but sometimes we them for granted. I'm sure your friend is delighted you're going :-)

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  17. This one grips the soul. Excellent memory all from a daisy chain.

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  18. The intensity of my goosebumps, my skin tightening, my heart jumping a beat, all are testament to living your words as I read them. Utterly gripping.

    What a well written piece, from start to finish I felt myself there. I'm sorry about the ending.

    Sending hugs your way, Jenny, Pearson Report
    2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
    @PearsonReport

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I love that I gave you that reaction :-)

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  19. I was with Hilary, I didn't know these were fiction! A Beautiful piece. It did inspire emotion and reflection. I have 2 sisters and we all live in different states. Growing up, I was separated from my older sister by a 4.5 year age difference and my younger sister by location. Our parents married each other, so I saw her only on weekends when I visited my father. I always had this belief we'd be close "one day." Now in my mid-40's I realized that's not going to happen -- too much time and too much space between us now. I'm going to make sure I call them tomorrow now :)

    You can find me here:
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    1. Some relationships are easy, others need working on. Making small steps now can take you in the right direction.

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  20. Such a powerful piece of writing; never lose touch with old friends!

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    1. Sadly, I've lost touch with a few over the years.

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  21. A beautiful, sad reminder. ~Miriam

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  22. Hi Annalisa - I just caught up with your posts for the A-Z. Excellent stuff - will make sure I keep up to date now! :-)

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  23. Annalisa, all your posts so far have made me stop in my tracks - you write with such emotion. This one made me want to cry! You've also hardened my resolve to not lose touch with my long distance friends - I'm going to text them now!

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    1. Thank you Rachel. I love that my few words can have such an effect :-)

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  24. I certainly understand this. I have transient relationships with friends from schools I've attended, and I always think about them.

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    1. Social media makes it easier to get back in touch, though. I've found a couple of old friends that way.

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  25. Excellent! Wow, I wasn't expecting that ending! I have some friends that I've drifted apart from so it really hit home. I feel like I'd better try and get in touch!

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    1. I'm so glad this story resonated with you :-)

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