“We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”

Yesterday was a delight. It was so lovely a day that, despite the tourists, I ventured out to do an errand or two. First was the hardware store for a new American flag, pole and holder. I found one and will put it up today. Next I checked a small antique shop where I am sometimes lucky in finding odd, small, neat and inexpensive stuff. Yesterday I wasn’t lucky. I stopped to get gas then I took a roundabout ride to Dennisport partly for the joy of the ride and partly to avoid the traffic. When I got to Dennisport, I was shocked. Usually I can just pick a parking spot as there are few cars, but yesterday I had to ride around twice before a car pulled out right in front of where I was headed. I smartly paralleled parked and went to get my sandwich and pastry.

Today is cloudy and chilly but the sun is trying to break through to bring a little light. The oak leaves are being tossed by the wind. The day is pretty quiet. I don’t hear any neighbors. I guess today is an inside day.

All the villages are having parades tomorrow. I love Memorial Day parades. They are the same in every small town in America. They were exactly the same when I was a little kid. The police cars with lights blinking start the parade and the fire engines ringing their bells end it. In between are color guards, the veterans from various wars, school bands, the brownies and girl and boy scouts. My town always has a WWII jeep, the same one each year, carrying a veteran too old to walk. The parade takes maybe fifteen minutes to pass by. The small crowd is enthusiastic and claps for everyone especially the veterans.

I remember marching in my first Memorial Day parade. I was a brownie and my whole troop marched. I was probably around seven and I took the event quite seriously. I was proud of being a part of that parade. My parents clapped when I walked by them. That was a highlight for me. When I got home, I was bubbly and so very happy as I relayed the whole story of the parade from the beginning to the end, from one street to the other. I proudly told my parents that everyone was out of step but me.

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8 Comments on ““We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.””

  1. What’s going on, Kat? Usually I don’t have to check my own weather report, but have confidently relied on yours as it seemed to mirror our conditions up here so accurately – not recently though. The last time you had a mild, sunny day, it was chilly and damp here; today finds that, overnight, summer has arrived in Toronto!

    Hope you have a great Memorial Day!


    • katry Says:

      We are either a day ahead or a day behind depending on your perspective. Yesterday was beautiful and tomorrow will be even better, warmer and sunnier. We just have to tolerate today.

      Summer is late in coming to the cape because of the ocean. I think we have reached the 70’s only a couple of times. That, this time of year, seems like summer to us.

      • Kat,

        If I could live anywhere near an ocean, I believe I’d happily put up with cold and dreary weather for months on end. Lake Ontario is very close to me, but it’s just not the same. However, only three hours away is one of the greatest National Parks in the world – Algonquin – most of the year, that can be some consolation for a weekend excursion. I’d be happier though if the noisy folk who visit would “take a hike” – in other words, “Get lost!”


      • katry Says:

        The sun is now out, the sky is blue and the day is warmer. There is a breeze, though, which makes the day a bit chillier than it would be otherwise.

        The whole summer is filled with tourists here. The worst is a rainy day when they all take to the roads or the movies. None of us leave our houses when it rains. I take short cuts to avoid the traffic, and I curse a lot.

        The beach is a wonder in every season.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I got to be in a parade once. My brothers and I rode with my father while he was driving the fire department’s rescue truck. It was cool but because the sirens and bells have to be going, the fire trucks were always last. I decided then that it was better to see the whole parade than be in a parade.

    Murky and cool up here today as it was yesterday. There are supposed to be pockets of alleged sunshine but I have not seen them. It’s quiet in the neighborhood. Only the early dog walkers have been by.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      When I got older and in the drill team, I agreed with that-better to watch. Some parades were awful for marching in. The Halloween parade in Woburn meant eggs being thrown and I remember one sliding into my boot. Bunker Hill Day in Charlestown meant drunks marching along with us, same for St. Patrick;s Day in Southie.

      The sun is out now and the sky is getting bluer. Maybe it will work its way north!

  3. olof1 Says:

    We seems to have opposite weather most of the time, today has been rather wonderful while yesterday was awful. Not so much because of the thunder but the humidity. Last year Your weather reached us after around a week but so far this year it has missed us totally. I don’t mind because we’ve had so much better weather than You 🙂

    No holiday over here tomorrow but we’ll have one on Thursday instead.

    I’ve been very active today and I’ve planted seedlings in the flower beds, vacuumed my cottage and scrubbed all floors and I also did the laundry and now it’s dry and smell so nice. But the best thing I did was to build a pee protecting fence around my new peach tree 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Well, the sun has appeared but the breeze is chilly. Without it the day would be a nice one.

      We have had better weather than the rest of the country. Some places had flooding from so much rain, tornadoes and hail storms. We have been lucky.

      I put out the new flag and that’s about it. My house was cleaned on Thursday, and I can’t wait a bit on the laundry.

      I’m just enjoying the day!

      Have a wonderful evening!

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