“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.”

Days like today usually come only in novels or in movies enhanced by special effects. The sun is bright and piercing, the air warm in the sunlight. A breeze blows the branches and shakes the leaves. It’s a beautiful day.

I can see and feel the coming of fall.  The shadows on the deck have moved, have shifted with the sun. The nights are sweatshirt cold. I stayed inside this morning for coffee and the papers. The sun hadn’t yet warmed the deck. I missed my morning ritual, but I’ll have the sun in the afternoon.

When I was a kid, life was simple. The weather was warm or cold, dry or rainy. Days were school days or weekend days. Saturday was for fun, Sunday for church and family. I had play clothes, school clothes and Sunday clothes. I had two of pairs of shoes, one for playing in and the other for wearing to school and church. I had few boundaries or limits. Streetlights were one. Time was a number for me, hands on a clock. I didn’t understand it had significance beyond the moment. My life was in small chunks, and I only looked as far as a day or two. The worst things in life were eating vegetables, getting up to go to school, doing homework and going to bed too early. I did have all sorts of dreams. By the time I was eleven, I knew I’d travel. I never thought about the when or the what. I just knew I would. Being a kid was easy.

This blog gives me a chance to remember.

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8 Comments on ““We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.””

  1. Zoey & Me Says:

    I thought about writing a blog once, all about a childhood, then forgot about it until I admired your blog for doing so much better than what I had in mind. It was fitting, I think, a school teacher writing a blog like this and me writing about tid bits of news with my headlining cat who I rescued from a pig farm. My wife encouraged me and it’s nice how it all came together and how many new friends we all have made by doing so. Keep That Coffee Coming!

    • katry Says:

      I am always thankful for the wonderful friends I have made through Coffee. I love the shared memories and the stories my friends tell. I never started out with the childhood stories. The blog once know as Coffee just sort of went in that direction. Now I find myself all over the place when I write. It’s perfect.

      I so enjoy Cat in the Bag!

  2. hedley Says:

    I dont like change – Big Rick called around 6.20 am this morning, he has a bad cold and can’t breath, so no Stoney biking for us. I went over to Lifetime, I have been given an Executive upgrade to my ordinary membership, but I like seeing everyone and this is isolated and I have to remember 3 security codes and work a rotating lock to get inside my locker, which takes 5 minutes and leaves me frustrated.
    Tomorrow we will walk on the 2010 Paint Creek Trail Bridge Walk, the kids have better things to do this year – I dont like change

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I like routine, and even in my leisure I have one, but it’s a routine far different and more flexible than when I worked.

      My life is more spontaneous now. I have all the time I want to do what I want. I get a call in the afternoon to go out for dinner, and I go. I have adjusted to a total life change.

  3. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    “This blog gives me a chance to remember.”
    And … when should one expect this to happen? Or must we show up every day, “just in case”.


    • katry Says:

      All those stories of my childhood seem to pour of my memory drawers when I write Coffee. I am surprised sometimes by what pops into my head. You’ll just have to keep checking-I never know either.

  4. Pete Says:

    Don’t want to sound like Loretta Lynn, but here in Victoria, the rain keeps-a-fallin’ etc etc.

    Huge flooding here & in neighboring State Sth Australia
    as millions upon millions of liters of rain seems to have bought an end to a 7 year drought. Hooray!!

    Spring has sprung!!!

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