“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

Saturday has always been the best day of the week for me. Torrents of rain falling, snow covering the ground (notice I said covering) or winds tossing tree branches back and forth have mattered little to me. They are merely dramatic backdrops. On Saturday’s I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t even have to get dressed. I love Saturday’s.

Today is rainy. Yesterday was rainy. It will rain all day into the night. The snow is just about gone. That makes me happy and even hopeful.

On Easter Sunday, my sisters loved their pouffy dresses, their white ankle socks with ruffles and their patent leather shoes. I wore dresses as well until one Easter when I wanted a more casual look. I ended up with a suit and a pink blouse with a Peter Pan collar. I don’t remember my shoes, but they weren’t patent leather. Maybe I was channeling my future self who thought she’d be a lawyer. Every Easter, in the afternoon, we’d go to my grandparent’s house in the city. Everyone was there: my aunts and uncles and too many cousins to count. I remember a conversation I overheard just before going into the kitchen. My name was mentioned so I stopped to eavesdrop. My aunt wanted to know why I wasn’t in a dress and why I was totally poufless. My suit didn’t pass muster. My mother simply said it was what she wanted.

My guest has left. She is on her way to Pittsburg. We had a wonderful visit. We toured the cape, stopped at a few shops and had a wonderful shrimp dinner last night. I had to chuckle as she always introduced herself as Francisca and then went on to say Miss Ryan was my Peace Corps teacher in Ghana 43 years ago. We laughed a lot. That’s what she thanked me of the most.

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10 Comments on ““Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Easter dresses were not my favorite either. They were always poufy and the poufy was supported by lots of nylon netting that was gathered at the sleeves and waist. Apparently I was sensitive to nylon netting gathered at the sleeves and waist because that is precisely where I would break out in an itchy rash every Easter. The best part of Easter clothes shopping was finding the perfect hat, purse and shoes. Loved hats, purses and shoes. Still do even though I can’t wear non-sensible shoes any more and I don’t dress up enough for spectacular hats. Purses are limited to wristlets.

    It’s snowing tiny flakes here. The town Easter egg hunt was postponed from today to next Saturday. That was done a week ago because organizers were afraid the lower common would not be free of snow. It’s not and may not be.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My sisters loved to swirl those taffeta nets. They were girly girls when they were young. Not any more!

      I loved new shoes but not hats or a purse. Hats look good on me but I never like wearing them. Now I collect them.

      We had rain most of the day, really heavy at times, then it change to big, wet snow flakes which lasted about an hour. Now it is just cold and ugly.

      Have a great evening!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I can’t remember ever having special clothes for easter, I guess I had if we were going anywhere but then again clothes have seldom meant anything to me. I’ve mostly worn something I felt was comfortable.

    We’ve had a wonderful day here! 54F, sunshine and almost no wind. Tomorrow will be very different with chilly weather and rain.

    I’m, just about to watch Grimm and it’s just getting better and better 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is the custom here to buy new Easter clothes. I don’t know how it started though I’m thinking new clothes and spring have a connection. The new clothes are usually pastel dresses for girls, spring colors.

      Ugly day all day here with rain, a little bit of heavy, wet snow then rain again.

      Grimm is wonderful. I love it. This year has a few unexpected twists!

      Have a great evening1

  3. Morpfy Says:

    Graham Cracker Brown Bread

    Ingredients
    1 cup plus 4 teaspoons grahmn cracker crumbs (divided use)
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup butter, softened
    1 large egg
    1/3 cup dark molasses
    1 cup fat-free buttermilk
    1 cup raisins

    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Coat an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray;dust with 4 teaspoons crumbs.
    Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup;level with a knife.
    Combine flour,baking soda,nutmeg and salt in large bowl,stirring with a whisk.
    Place butter in a large bowl;beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth (about 1 minute).
    Gradually add 1 cup crumbs;beat until well combined (about 2 minutes).
    Add egg,and beat 1 minute.
    Add molasses,and beat until well combined.
    Beating at low speed,add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture,beginning and ending with flour mixture;beat just until blended.
    Stir in raisins.
    Pour batter into prepared pan.

    Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
    Cool in pan 15 minutes on a wire rack;remove from pan.
    Cool completely on wire rack.

    Makes 12 servings

    • katry Says:

      Morpfy,
      Every Saturday night just about every house in New England served hot dogs, beans and brown bread. The brown bread was B&M Brown Bread and never any other. It was the same with the baked beans.

      This sounds very much like the ingredients in that brown bread. It was dark like molasses and had raisins.

      I have copied the recipe!

      Thanks, Morpfy

  4. Bob Says:

    You were ahead of the times. You wore for Easter what is today called ‘business casual’. At my office they decided to go business casual all the time by doing away with sport jackets and ties as our uniform a few years ago. You should have heard all the old timers with their cries and prophecies of doom. I never thought that our clients really cared since they come dressed in shorts, T-shirts and flip flops. Today no one even utters a whisper of protest about the demise of the ties.

    The whole dressing up for religious holidays has it’s roots in the Old Testament when God killed Aaron’s sons because they were not dressed properly while making a sacrifice. I don’t think God would do that today but many people aren’t taking any chances. 🙂

    My mother in law’s father made his living in the ladies hat business. His biggest selling season was right before Easter. If it wasn’t for cowboys and gimme caps the men’s hat business would be as dead as the woman’s hat business. Before 1960 no well dressed man or woman would feel completely dressed going out without a hat. Times change for the better. I never thought I looked good in a hat and only liked baseball caps with my favorite team’s emblem on the front.

    Today is gorgeous with clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70’s. Tomorrow night the rain should return.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      When I first started teaching, male teachers wore jackets, dress shirts and ties. First the jackets disappeared then the ties then the dress shirts. Jeans became common and Polo shirts were the norm. Women stopped wearing dresses and wore pants. I was an administrator and still wore dresses every day.

      Easter was the only day for which we got new clothes. I think it was new clothes to welcome the new season.

      I look good in hats but never wear them though I have a great collection of them. I do have a Sox cap and a Peace Corps baseball type hat. I wear them if I’m going to be out in the sun for a long while. I remember the dressy hats my mother used to have.

      Ugly all day today here so I went nowhere!

      • Bob Says:

        I can’t prove it but I would bet the Easter Parade was a result of the woman’s ready to wear business that began around the 1900s. Before then woman made all their cloths. I think that’s when the ILGWU, (International Ladies Garment Workers Union) got started. Do you remember the TV commercials? So much for globalization since 1978.

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lg4gGk53iY

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I remember that commercial. When I just watched it now I could see how it dated itself with the clothing and the hair-dos.


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