“Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.”

The streets were wet this morning so it rained during the night. The morning started out as cloudy, but the sun is in and out so I hope it might just end up being a pleasant afternoon.

That was one exciting soccer game last night. The US scored in just the first forty or so seconds but Ghana later tied the score. After the US broke the tie, I sat on the edge of my seat for what seemed like forever, but Ghana didn’t score. The US won 2-1.

I have only caught 4 mice in the cellar trap. The fourth was released last night. He had been in the trap about a day and was totally scared, even in a panic. It took a while before he’d leave the trap. I hope he finds some friends in his new neighborhood. I’ll bait then return the trap to the cellar later. Mice do like peanut butter.

Every time we went to the beach when I was young, I collected shells and a few dead starfish. The shells I got to keep but not the starfish. They always started to stink and out they went. Sometimes I’d find a really neat stone by the water, a flat, round stone with different shades of gray across it, and I’d save that too. Those shells and stones were my first collection.

I’ve noticed that being a kid and being older have a lot in common. I know if I wore plaids and prints or plaids and poker dots people would just think my ensemble was chosen by an old woman who has lost her fashion sense. When I was a kid, we didn’t have any fashion sense. I wore what was in the bureau drawer, and matching wasn’t taken into account. At stores like Woolworth’s or Grant’s, I always took my time choosing what to buy with my dime or quarter. My slowness probably drove the adults crazy, but I never noticed their impatience. I do notice old people in stores and how slowly they walk or push their carriages, and I’m often caught behind them. They stop in the middle of the aisle. I say excuse me so I can pass but most times they don’t move. I figure they didn’t hear me so I ask more loudly. If they don’t move,  I just backtrack and change aisles. I wonder sometimes if I am looking at my future and one day I’ll be in the middle of the aisle. Kids and old people are discourteous at times. I used to think old people felt entitled because they had lasted so long. Kids just do what they can away with doing.

It occurred to me that there is a name for this phenomenon, for this similarity. First there’s childhood then second childhood with all its rights and privileges.

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6 Comments on ““Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    “It was a rough match. Ghana is known as one of the most physical teams on the planet and they lived up to their reputation..” Wall Street Journal

    Clint Dempsey scored in 30 seconds, Ghana broke his noise a little later in the half. Brooks is just 21 and said he had a dream about scoring in the 80th minute – he missed it by a bit and buried his header in the 86th. It wasn’t Bradley’s night but he is quality.

    Elbows, high feet and a general unpleasantness should send Kevin Prince Botang and his buddies to the sacred Croc pool when they are eliminated after their game with Germany. My work team are excited – we want you to buy us lunch when it is the elimination rounds says they. First we have a date with the primping peacock known as Ronaldo on Sunday at 6.00 pm EST.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That was such a good game, and the description of Ghana as physical was totally warranted. That kick in the face resulting in the broken nose was horrific. Ghana started to get even more physical as the time moved, and they were still a goal behind.

      The crocs are swimming and waiting!

  2. Jay Bird Says:

    Astute comment on older people at the grocery store. Since retirement, I have slowed my pace to match them. Actually, the worst are college students (I live near a large university). They stop in small gaggles and stare at the shelves, saying to themselves, “OMG, mom really paid that much for Cocoa Crispies?” Or they call their roomies, asking what kale looks like.

    BTW, bad news… we ARE looking at our future!

    • katry Says:

      Jay Bird,
      I know that is our future, and it scares me. I swear I will always park on the side of the aisle and let the carts go by me. I’m getting older but I refuse to get old!

  3. GnuFOOL Says:

    Its wednesday and I need my coffee fix
    .top 10 of 60

    • katry Says:

      I love this trip down memory lane. I knew almost all of the songs and loved the video. Elvis held so many places-amazing! Happy to see the Celtics and Red with his cigar and the Kennedy-Nixon debate.


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