“I’m easily distracted by other things in the world around me”.

We have another day which can’t quite make up its mind. For a while it’s sunny then the clouds take over then comes the sun for another turn. Right now we have sun. Today is remove the screen from the back storm door day, always a painful chore. It means I have thrown in the towel and recognized that cold nights are here and won’t be going away. I do the back door first because it’s always open so Gracie can come and go as she pleases through her dog door. During the day it’s not too chilly, but at night, I can feel the cold air making its way down the hall to me. It’s time.

After a trip, I have a sense of wanderlust which takes a while to disappear; well, actually it never disappears: it just gets bearable. Sometimes, of late, I find myself on-line looking for cheap flights anywhere. I don’t ever remember getting there. It’s as if something took hold of me, a possession of sorts needing an exorcism.

My neighbor is mowing his lawn. He’s wearing a sweatshirt, jeans and a baseball cap. I think he’s a barometer of sorts.

I remember staring out the classroom windows even though it was frowned upon as an indicator of a lack of attention. There was never much to see out those windows, but they represented a sort of freedom I no longer had. On the lower floor, I could see the street in front of the school. I’d watch for cars to drive by. If I had a room in the back, I’d only see the empty playground and ached to be there. On the top floor, it was the sky I’d see, and I’d watch the clouds drifting and swirling and sometimes forming animals as they moved. When it rained, I’d see the drops hitting the windows, and I’d follow one as it slid down and disappeared.

When it rained, the class seemed quiet, subdued, and the room was always a bit dark even with the lights on. Sometimes the rain and pencils writing on paper were the only sounds. A rainy day was my favorite school day.

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14 Comments on ““I’m easily distracted by other things in the world around me”.”

  1. olof1 Says:

    Much the same weather over here today but a bit warmer than they had predicted.

    I could see the school yeard and a tiny bit of the road behind the gymnasium (it’s a bit fun because we call our highschool for gymnasium and I canΒ΄t say we moved around a lot in those class rooms πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ).

    I loved to follow the rain drops down thye window and usually my mind were somewhere else, like on a boat travelling up the amazonas or in the african djungle πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Right now it is raining-an easy rain with no drama.

      I found watching those drops mesmerizing. A nap was hard to fight off come late in the afternoon. It was all that quite!

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    Rainy days at school or just about anywhere made me dream. I was a dreamer and was caught many times looking out the window. I got slapped with a ruler once in 9th grade for not paying attention. I probably record low bp readings when it rains, even today. So why move to Florida you might ask? Really don’t know.

    • katry Says:

      I find rain stimulating. It is filled with such sounds and smells. It is the smell of hot pavement and grass and fallen leaves too long in the gutter. I love watching the rain.

      When it rained in Bolga, I thought it was a gift welcoming my return!

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat from Toronto Canada. The weather here has been cloudy, cool and raininy yesterday and this morning. That subborn low pressure system is just sitting over the Atlantic coast and bringing bands of rain and clouds over New Engliand, New York and Canada. Yesterday the clouds begain as far west as Detroit.

    As a kid and a teenager looking out the classroom window was what I did best in school. I don’t know how many teachers called out my name with a question that I could not possibly answer. Even today I enjoy the view from the window when flying on an airplane. When I was a working pilot I always loved the view of the world and the ever changing sky from above.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The same weather has been here for the last three days. Right now it is raining, but accoring to the paper, tomorrow should end all that rain. Luckily today the rain stopped long enough for all the outdoor chores to get finished. I was out there for a while and Gracie was out for most of the day. Now she is exhausted.

  4. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    It’s really bad when the students catch the teacher staring out the window.


    • katry Says:

      One of my rooms looked out onto what used to be the school outside smoking area. I walked by the window as i was teaching and saw students stay there the whole period and cut my class. I remember the assistant principal at the time telling me one student I watched had denied cutting class, and I was asked what proof i had. When I said i saw her, he asked if I could more definitice proof.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I used to stare out the window a lot. Problem was that I was at work. πŸ™‚ I think that’s why they gave us those awful cubicles. No view of anything whatsoever from inside one of those things. Retirement is so sweet.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love looking out windows and watching the world go by. In this room, I can look out and see all the birds at the feeders. It is one of the joys of the morning.

  6. Bill S. Says:


    Soon I will have to stop wearing shorts and go back to the long pants, a sign of submission to winter.

    Rain is now falling on the skylight in my office (formerly Kevin’s bedroom). It reminds me of when I lived in Connecticut, and when my grandparents visited with the Airstream trailer pulled with a light blue ’49 Ford. My brother and I gave up our bedroom and slept in the unfinished second floor of our cape, and we could hear the rain falling on the roof, only inches away from where we slept. I loved it.

    I remember in Bolga, from Sept. 1971 to May 1972, we had a brief shower in February, and that was the only precip for that period.

    • katry Says:

      We’ve already submitted to fall. Is winter so far behind it?

      I am a lover of rain, the fiercer the better, which is why the first rains of the season in Bolga were always spectacular for me. I can remember a storm when I saw the the lightning strick the ground right in front of the house. Stupid me was on the porch, the one with the tin roof.

      I am amazed that you had rain in February. I remember looking at the sky every morning during the dry season and asking, with tongue in cheek, if it might rain.

      Camping in the rain was, for me. much like you and your brother sleeping upstairs because right above my head I could hear every drop of rain. I was surrpounded by it. It was a delight!

  7. splendid Says:

    i love when it rains and you can open all the windows, light a candle and just listen. Autumn is my favorite season, this week i will go from the furnace back to window fans low of 37 Sunday evening and mid 80’s by Saturday. having a get together here this friday ~ forcing me clean the carpets tomorrow, amazing how i can put things off for months! So wonderful to read you all this am!

    • katry Says:

      Sitting in the darkened house on a rainy day always makes me feel comfy and cozy.

      Wew are having 60’s during the day and 50’s at night-not quite furnace weather yet. The house is colder than outside in the morning but putting on a sweatshirt is enough.

      This is also my favorite time of year.

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