“Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.”

The day has potential. The sun is working its way from behind the clouds so every now and then I see light which gives me a bit of hope. A patch of blue also appears then disappears so I’m thinking maybe a nice afternoon might be the order of the day. I think a lovely Sunday afternoon is the best of all. During the week most people work so lovely goes to waste, and Saturday is generally chore and errand day so though we may get out into the sun we don’t get to enjoy it. It’s just the backdrop. Sunday, by tradition, is the quiet day, a day with no ambitions, a day to be enjoyed.

Tomorrow is a holiday, Patriot’s Day, when we commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Paul Revere and William Dawes will make their way on horseback to warn everyone the British are coming. This time around, though, state troopers will escort the riders. There is also a reenactment of the Battle on Lexington Green which begins around 5:30 and later, at 9, is one at the Old North Bridge in Concord. Tomorrow is also the marathon. This is the first year in a long time I haven’t worked it, but my back prevents it; instead, I’ll watch the Red Sox. Their game begins at 11 because of the marathon.

This is April vacation week for kids. When I worked, I always went to Europe for the week, to one country or city. They were adult trips: no backpacks or hostels or sleeping on night busses. Usually we rented a car and travelled all over. Portugal is still my favorite trip, but I did love Belgium and the Netherlands. The scariest ride was in the fog through the Black Forest. I couldn’t see the road more than a few feet ahead of the car, and I’d have been doomed if not for the white line. The prettiest rides were through the Ardennes and in the Netherlands with its windmills. My parents were my fellow travelers, and they were great fun. My dad and I played cards every night after dinner while my mother worked on her crossword puzzles. They were amiable travelers and didn’t really care which road we took. All of if was new to us. They never balked at any restaurant and were willing to try new foods. I drove and my mother was the navigator. My father thought he was, but he butchered every language so my mother would repeat the city where we were going, and it never ever sounded even close to what my father had said. He never caught on.

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15 Comments on ““Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.””

  1. GnuFool Says:

    enuff said……

  2. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had a wonderful spring day here 🙂 The clouds that covered the sky all day was so thin that it didn’t matter, it still felt like sunshine all day. We actually reached 57,2F 🙂 I spent most of the day outdoors chipping wood chips from all the lilac twigs and branches that was lying by my entrance.

    Portugal is my favorite country too but Paris is my favorite city. Not a polite person in sight where ever one is in that city but that doesn’t matter 🙂 I remember ordering a cappuccino but got a cafe creme instead, I told the waiter that I got the wrong kind of coffee and he just replied, be happy that You got at least that 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      The sun finally decided to take a hike. It even looks like rain now. The damp is chilly and damp. I have to go buy dog food later si I’m stuck going outside.

      Paris in the spring is unbeatable. In the summer anywhere else is a better choice. You’re right about Parisians being rude. If you’d don’t speak perfect French, you are dismissed.

      Enjoy your evening!!

      • olof1 Says:

        I did speak french back then and that didn’t help at all 🙂 I was a tourist and they really don’t care about them 🙂

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Today is kind of meh up here. There have been some blue bits of sky but they’re gone away somewhere. I did see a bit of sun earlier. It’s gone, too. I had hopes for today. Maybe I could get out and rake up some junk in the yard. Nope. Still too wet out there. I’ve been goofing off on the internet instead.
    Sunday was never a favorite day of mine. As a child, it meant Church. I didn’t like Church even if I was singing in the choir every Sunday which I did enjoy. Sunday also meant making sure the homework was done. It meant getting ready for the coming school week or, as an adult, the coming work week.
    Sunday was a null day.
    The first time I saw the title of Douglas Adams’ book, The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, I knew exactly what he was talking about; 4PM on Sunday afternoon. 🙂
    I’ve done my taxes. They are mailed. I remembered something that I forgot to put on my federal tax form but it won’t make a difference so I’m not going to worry. Since I retired from the IRS, I think I have not done any of my returns correctly. Very odd, that. 🙂
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Ugly day right now. All the good parts disappeared. I’m going to watch the game and then go to my friends for our Amazing Race night.

      I too had to go to church and have a family dinner, but in the summer we had no big dinner so after church the day was ours. I usually did my homework on Friday night so I’d have Sunday free. We never really had that much over the weekend anyway when I was young.

      I also did my taxes: I e-filed yesterday. I had everything in one spot so all I had to do was tally the amounts. I always delay, and there isn’t any reason. I just do.

      It’s avoidance!!

      Have a great Sunday!!

  4. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat, Eh. I am here in Canada where the temperature is in the lower 40s and the sun is peeking out from the clouds.

    Sunday is not the original Sabbath mentioned in the 10 commandments. That was Saturday and that’s why calendars always end the week on Saturday. Some Roman Emperor changed it after Rome became Christian. Early Christians did everything they could to divest themselves from any Jewish ideas except the Messiah.

    I have never been to Portugal or Spain and I would love to visit them. I have also missed out on Amsterdam. Brussels was a poor substitute. They can’t figure out if they are Dutch or French speakers. None of the European countries like each other and they hate the European Union people in Brussels. The British still use their own money. The only reason they formed the EU was so they would be so economically tied together they wouldn’t ever go to war again. Airbus industries assembles Airbus aircraft in Toulouse France from parts made in Germany, the UK and several other EU countries. Their airplanes are very good buys for the airlines because they are cheaper and come with better financing options because the EU subsidizes there manufacture. Boeing is a real private company and have a hard time competing.

    It’s funny you call the Spring school vacation April Break. Here in Canada they call it March Break. In Texas we call it Spring Break. I can use a break 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I knew the Sabbath was a Saturday. Somewhere along the line I learned that.

      I have been to both, and I would go back to Portugal in a minute. It was so wonderful. Lisbon is beautiful and so is the northern part of the country. I thought Brussels was a lovely city though not as beautiful as Amsterdam with its canals.

      With all the EU economic problems, not being a member is beginning to look wise.

      The vacation is always in April so that’s why we call it that. In college we called it spring break.

      Some parts of the country don’t have both a February and April vacation the way we do in this state. They only have one in March, like in Colorado, and my sister calls it her March break.

  5. Birgit Says:

    The fog in the Black Forest is great, as long as you are above the fog. In the past I had to drive my mother to the Black Forest regularly.
    If you see the holidays traffic jams over here it seems that the Netherlands and our part of Germany exchange population. They occupy our mountains and we fill their beaches. You always want what you don’t have at home.
    Sunny warm spring day but no time to appreciate it.

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I was in the middle of that fog and seeing nothing. I think my mother held her breath the whole time.

      We have the beach crowd every summer, and I curse the traffic!

      It ended up being cold here.

  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    It’s a lovely spring day here, but the day began with my toilet overflowing and the landlord has not shown up yet. Usually, I can fix something like that, but this one had me stumped. With my bad back, I couldn’t really figure it out, so I’m just waiting.

    In April, the college kids leave and they leave all the items they don’t want on the sidewalk. I used to cruise by and see what they had discarded, but since I am getting rid of things, I successfully stopped myself from pulling the car over to look at things.

    I’d like to travel again someday…
    Waving,

    • Kat Says:

      Lori,
      No spring day here yet, maybe somewhere between winter and spring, a sweatshirt day but a coat night.

      Here the college students don’t leave until May and that’s when all the stuff is on the sidewalk for the taking. You could furnish a whole house.

      You will!!

  7. Beto Says:

    We are blessed in this end of the world with Purple Finches.
    They are not only a beautiful bird they have a playful spirit and are a blast to watch. The brewery next door uses water jackets to cool their brewing and rather than putting clean water down the sewer it is run off into a percolation field. As the water winds its way down a terraced landscape the Finches bathe, drink and play in the miniature critter water park.

    • Kat Says:

      Beto,
      I don’t think I have ever seen a purple finch. I have a bird bath and love watching one take a bath so I can’t imagine how neat it would be to watch all those finches.


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