“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

Yippee! It is a deck day, warm and lovely. Summer just isn’t ready to leave yet, and I’m glad. Both doors are open and the air smells like cut grass. Early this morning it smelled like the ocean.

When I went to get the papers this morning, I noticed yellow leaves on the bush across the street and red leaves on my burning bush by the driveway. It seems fall is making its presence known a bit at a time.

The best part of being a kid was taking delight in so many things. I mostly remember being happy. Many adults see the world through darker glasses and have learned to be cynical and sometimes distrustful. A kid is wide-eyed. Snow is a joy not an inconvenience. Rain means puddles to run through. Grass is soft and cool and lying on it gives the best view of the summer’s night sky. A bicycle takes us away. A nickel is a king’s ransom, a treasure. Finding a bottle is another nickel, another treasure.

Being a teenager was a lot of work. I had to endure those horrific rollers in my hair, sometimes even overnight. The right clothes and shoes were a necessity. Boys got important. I seldom noticed the weather except for rain. It ruined my hair. School meant hours of homework. I did have fun with my friends and I was out most weekends, but the future was always looming.

College was work but it was fun. We partied a lot. Some weekends passed in a daze. I was far too busy with classes and weekends to notice much about the world. I had choices to make my senior year. I chose the Peace Corps, and I am forever thankful for that. All of a sudden it was a new world and I was wide-eyed again. I stopped and looked and slept outside under a billion stars. I was a little kid again.

I still stop and notice. Once relearned, it isn’t ever forgotten.

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8 Comments on ““Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had a rather nice day here, sunny and warm with lots of wind that blew away most of the mosquitoes. Still plenty around to bite us though and even if it doesn’t itch any longer I can’t say >>I like them 🙂

    I did enjoy springs and summers the most, as I do now days too. Biking down to the harbour for fishing or having adventures in the forest (well park really) nearby or tadpole fishing in any bigger pond 🙂

    In winter watching the stars on cold nights, couldn’t see that many inthe big city though but I still watch the sars here and see so many more and in my imagination I travel around in space looking for other civilizations.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      We had a really warm day. Right now the birds are making their getting dark noises, and I just noticed the red spawn running across the yard chasing a much larger gray spawn. The red ones are nasty.

      The stars here in winter are also so many and so lovely. The best, though, were in Ghana as there are no bright lights in the villages. I still remember the brightness of those nights.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Morpfy Says:

    Stuffed Chicken Relleno Recipe

    In most relleno recipes, the chilies are stuffed with meat. This recipe turns tradition inside out by stuffing the chicken with chilies, cheese and a fiesta of Southwestern delights.
    • Serving5
    • Total Time1 hr. 20 min
    Preparation30 min
    Marination0 min
    Cook50 min

    • 5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
    • 1/2 cup Poblano pepper, roasted, seeded, diced
    • 6 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, divided, seeded, diced
    • 1 ear corn on the cob, roasted, kernals removed
    • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 15 ounces black beans, canned, drained, rinsed
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
    • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
    • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 1/2 cup salsa verde

    Cooking Instructions
    1. Combine Poblano peppers, 2 T. jalapenos, corn, cheese, beans, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. With a slender knife, cut a 3″ pocket along the length of the thickest side of chicken. Stuff 1/5 of the mixture into the pocket and secure with toothpicks.
    2. Preheat an outdoor grill over a low heat. Place stuffed chicken breasts on the grill. Cover and grill for 45-50 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170°F. Turn chicken occasionally while grilling.
    3. Make Pico de Gallo by combining Roma tomatoes, white onion, 4 T. jalapenos, cilantro and lime juice. Set aside.
    4. Served stuffed chicken breasts topped with salsa verde and a side of prepared Pico de Gallo.

    Remember to wash hands and surfaces before preparing food

    • katry Says:

      I love this recipe except for the beans. Those I’ll leave out as I am not a bean fan. Chicken on the grill is wonderful. I’ve already copied this recipe. Thanks!!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    Unfortunately, youth is wasted on the young. When I was young my fear of rejection kept me from asking the really popular girls out on a date. I didn’t pursue those job opportunities because of a fear of failure or rejection or worry about what other’s thought. I wasted a lot of time because time seemed to be a commodity that would never end.

    Kids today don ‘t have the worry of bringing drafted into a war that could never have been won. Today they never have to experience loneliness because they are so totally interconnected with their friends and the world through the manic of the computer.

    In 1964 I attended the NY World’s Fair which was billed as the world of tomorrow. It was 50 years ago and the one futuristic thing they totally missed was the rise of the personal computer. IBM was touting the Selectric typewriter. I’m still waiting for resort hotels under the sea and cities crisscrossed with super highways filled with high speed self driving cars. Thankfully the Amazon was saved from laser clearing automated road builders. A beautiful warm dry day.

    • katry Says:

      I’m sorry you were so fearful growing up. I always figured I’d give most things a try. If I failed, I failed, no big deal. I’d just try again. I think that is how I became so adventurous.

      Loneliness comes in a variety of ways. I don’t see machines taking the place of interaction with one another. Words tweeted or texted are still missing the human touch.

      I’d like to be able to attach my car to the road machine, give my destination and let the machine take it there while I relax and watch the scenery or sleep.

      I’m glad you have pleasant weather.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m pretty sure I never really grew up. I thought about it and decided that I really wouldn’t be very good at most of those adult responsibilities beyond making my own way in the world. I never lost my childish wonder for the world I live in but I have acquired a lot of adult cynicism towards many of the humans that live in it with me. It’s a nice balance. 🙂

    It was warm up here. I have the fan on right now. Today was do some laundry and chop down some saplings. The laundry is done. The saplings are cut but they are all tangled together in a mass of vicious roses, pyrancantha and grape vine. They won’t fall down. I managed to untangle one but the others are just hanging there defying gravity. I’ll have to go at them with hedge shears. Murphy’s First Law of Probability strikes again. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      One of my ways of keeping wonder in my life is traveling and seeing jaw dropping things which may be small but wondrous. I turn the light on during snow storms so I can see the flakes.

      I worked at a high school and was often the target of parents who didn’t like the penalties their kids had earned and I got often yelled at. I learned to ignore them, but I did develop a healthy cynicism about parents, not kids.

      It was lovely down here. I opened my bedroom window as upstairs got a little too warm. Gracie was out sleeping on the deck.

      I still have laundry in the drier. I keep saying today but I don’t bring it up-tomorrow I will.

      Enjoy your Sunday!

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