俳句… HAIKU BOMBERS #3… Watchmaker’s Car

                                                      young Watchmaker’s girls,

                                                      home from school patiently pose,

                                                      in clothes neatly pressed.


                                                       so long ago watches cleaned,

                                                       only buck fifty the fee,

                                                       but, gassed up the car.


                                                        little black Austin Bantam,

                                                        family of six fit inside,

                                                        they must have been squished.

Once again, it’s Haiku Time.  This week’s prompt from Quill Shiv, was to find a photo of children and be inspired… http://quillshiv.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/haiku-bombers-prompt-3/

I chose this family photo, from I would guess circa 1930.  My Grand father was a watchmaker, jeweler, optician, and railroad watch inspector in Sacramento.  This was the family car and I’ve quite a few photos of it.  My grandparents had 5 kids, and my father would drive all the kids to school in it.  As you can see, it is quite small.  When he was in high school, as a prank, his friends carried it up to the stage before an assembly, and left it there.  My aunts Laura and Emily pose above with the Austin Bantam auto, and my grandfather Theodore is below, probably repairing a watch or two.


16 responses

  1. I truly love how so much of your work is directly linked to your memories. It would be amazing at some point to compile the fiction, non-fiction comments, and photos into some sort of multimedia book.

    Most fiction writing IS based on personal experience to some extent, but the authors usually don’t explain what is behind it. I really enjoy that you do so here.

    1. Thanks… nice words from my muse…

  2. Good one Ted, love the car

    1. Boy, wish I still had it, Aggie.

  3. Great write up Ted. Loved the car. Good photo of your grandfather, now I see where you got your good looks! :smile:

  4. I think that is lovely. I don’t think I have any proper photo hierlooms like that which is a shame :-(

  5. I really enjoyed this, Ted. The photo is great and how fun to have you explain it. Times sure were different, weren’t they? Can you imagine cramming all those people into that car? There were some guys that had cars that size in my club. Not a lot of room.

  6. Love watching your literary side shine. That’s the first time I’ve heard the story about the high school prank. I’m still laughing.

  7. The photos and story are captivating….I love the personal touch…..in all of your work. You draw on your experiences, and are able to convey them articulately and with great feeling….thanks as always for sharing…I am enjoying watching how you are developing as a writer…..

    1. As I am you a painter. ❤ Thank you for kind words… they mean a lot.

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