Jad’s Day in the Park

13 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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