Jad’s Day in the Park

14 commentsBeirut,Children,Family

I‘m transforming my room into an office, and over the past month have been unearthing books, photos, and other bits and pieces of the past. My favorite so far is an essay my then ten-year-old brother Jad presented in English class. Today Jad is a twenty-five-year-old lawyer, but back then he was still a curious child who loved to write. The theme was A Day in the Park.

THE WORLD OF IMAGINATION • Click on the essay for a larger view.

Rather than describe the park itself, Jad describes his sensory experience. He uses expressions like indescribable odor, refreshing smell, crunching, swallow, whispering. He’s totally immersed in his surroundings, hence his “distraction” by the policeman and his dazed response. Jad sees his experience as scenes directed at him to absorb. Like a movie spectator, he almost passively takes in the spectacle around him. The encounter with the policeman is expressed as an abrupt stop, after which he continues his observations with “and my next scene was…”

The hallucinatory effect of the park is asserted in his last sentence, “I love the park very much, because it lets me forget all my worries, and welcome me to the world of imagination.” Why did he use the word imagination when the events he recounts are apparently real? Possibly because they have a calming, pleasurable effect on him.

Or maybe because he really did imagine the scenes. Jad was born during the Lebanese Civil War and grew up in Beirut, a city that had no parks.

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Samsam May 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm

The funniest part is when he barred: “Thinking about all the debts I owed” HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!! So nice!!!

It's so beautiful how he described the couple that he saw, and it's amazing how if a kid would want to describe Jad and Pauline right now, he will write the same words about them :)

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Meedo May 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm

True! My favorite part is “Are you alright sir my boy?” :)))

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Meedo May 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

True! My favorite part is “Are you alright <del>sir</del> my boy?” :)))

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Meedo May 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm

True! My favorite part is “Are you alright xx sir xx my boy?” :))

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Samsam May 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm

So funny!!! :)

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SOOLY May 18, 2010 at 7:04 am

i love this

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Meedo May 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

So that I can post them on my blog. :) No, not really. I actually found this among my AUB papers. It seems I presented his story in Architecture class. :)

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Mona Taha May 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

His handwriting is till the same,that's i will always see him as my little boy whenever i read something for him even though now he is a mature responsible young 26 years old lawyer.
Meedo,how come you always have these family documents hidden in your secret drawer!!! :)

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Meedo May 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

So that I can post them on my blog. :) No, not really. I actually found this among my AUB papers. It seems I presented his story in Architecture class. :)

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Tarek and Zeina June 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

We love the part when he ran home to do his homework. very funny. and his handwriting is still exactly the same!

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Meedo June 7, 2010 at 1:00 am

Hahaha true!

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Tarek and Zeina June 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm

We love the part when he ran home to do his homework. very funny. and his handwriting is still exactly the same!

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Meedo June 7, 2010 at 4:00 am

Hahaha true!

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Jeshwanth November 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Good article, ineedd. Interesting, easy to read and good-natured in general.I say this despite the fact that I don’t quite like Tel Aviv, as a city. It’s too ugly and rude for my taste. Jerusalem and Haifa are much more pleasant Israeli cities. IMHO, of course, and YMMV.

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