“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.”

The weather tries my patience. A sunny day gives me a spring in my step (couldn’t help myself with that one) and hopes of sitting on the deck with my eyes closed and my faced warm with sun, but that was yesterday. Today is cloudy though the weather predicted otherwise. I imagine somewhere else has my sunny day, and I’m not too happy about it.

Last night we had dinner at Captain Frosty’s which opens every spring. Our first dinner there always makes us feel as if spring is officially here despite the cold or the rain. I had fish and chips, and we shared onion rings, the thin ones which are mostly onion, not batter. The place was crowded with people standing around hoping for a table. They looked a bit like vultures as they sized up the booths to see how close the diners were to being finished. Our seats never got a change to get cold.

This morning after I got the papers I stood a while out front looking at the garden right next to my house. It is filled with flowers from bulbs I planted last fall. I didn’t know which bulb was planted where so I was surprised and pleased when the flowers bloomed. Their colors are rich and bright. The yellows are my favorites. I know their beauty will prompt more and more bulbs this fall.

Today makes me want to stay home and do nothing except read and maybe nap. One day a week a lethargy overtakes me, and I never fight it. It comes after a couple of frenzied days of chores and errands. I always think of it as a reward.

Today is Earth Day. I have always believed that you leave a place better than you found it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with our planet. We deplete more and more resources, our wild animals and sea creatures become endangered when their habitats disappear or they’re hunted to near extinction. I recycle everything I can, but I still leave a huge carbon footprint as I live alone. I wear a sweatshirt in the winter and only keep the lamp in this room lit at night though my palm tree too is always lit, but it doesn’t matter. I use more resources than I should.

In Africa everything is recycled. My sandals were resoled using tire treads. My rice was wrapped in the Sunday New York Times while large leaves provided the wrapping for meat and other such goods. Everything I bought, except margarine and evaporated milk, was produced locally. I came home well intentioned knowing how little I really need. That got lost over the years. It’s time I remembered.

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7 Comments on ““There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We have quite the opposite weather over here. Around 70F and almost no wind. I can´t say that it´s sunny though because thin clouds covers the sky, but it would be a lie to say that it´s cloudy too 🙂 I do like the spring bulbs when they flower but I just hate planting the bulbs 🙂 So now days I almost only buys those that most probably will spread themselves by seeds 🙂 🙂

    Yes we do leave a big carbon footprint even if we try to minimize it. I only have one lamp lit at a time in my cottage and I use the fire heated stove all winter (and since I use tree that doesn´t increase the carbon footprint at all). But I do have to drive to work and to buy food and that does just the opposite to the stove. I´m afraid we humans won´t stop until it is to late.

    Have a great day now!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It’s going to rain again today. When I went to get the papers, it was drizzling. I have a couple of things to do today but mostly I’m staying in. Today is pre-historic monster day on sci-fi!

      The cape has no easy way to get anywhere. There is one bus which makes the route from Hyannis to P-town but it stops at stores, not houses. Having no car is almost impossible here.

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    Those are all good thoughts. We are a nation of spoilers and unfortunately a nation high on creating waste. I’ve jumped on every recycled program that’s come along in my community but it seems there is never enough to do. I think the county here should charge people who keep those old clunkers in the side yards. What an eye sore. Have a great Easter Weekend Kat.

    • katry Says:

      Z&Me,
      I even changed the cat litter from clay to pine. The clay takes forever to degrade. but the pine just becomes sawdust. It even smells good. The cats were 5 when I adopted them, and they took to it right away.

      Have a wonderful Easter too, dear Z&Me!

  3. Bob Says:

    Here in Texas the sky is clear and the weather is climbing into the lower 90s as April turns into May. Spring in North Texas is hot and dry with violent thunderstorms when the cold fronts race across the vast prairie and collide with the hot humid Gulf of Mexico air. Texas is the land of gas and oil and our legislators don’t believe in global warming. My neighbor’s lament the disappearance of the Hummer and drive down the freeways above 80 miles per hour. When cars are spewing exhaust into the atmosphere it means money in some oil company’s pocket.
    The slogan ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ means don’t tell us what to do with our guns, big pickup trucks and speed limits. The legislature is raising the speed limit on some highways to 75 MPH.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      If we’re going to hit 90, it will be sometime in August. The spring here is damp and chilly and a warm day is in the high 60’s. I can’t imagine that given all the evidence people still deny global warming. A neighbor told me it didn’t seem any warmer to him. I just shook my head.


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