“This is a day youngsters can find the liberation they are seeking, by turning inwards, through prayer, and recognizing the temptations of greed, jealousy, lust etc.”

Last night the wind was ferocious. I went to bed early to read, but the sound of the wind grabbed my attention so many times I stopped to listen. It was easy to imagine myself in a house on a cliff overlooking the ocean while the wind whistled and howled around me. The house would be a huge old Victorian filled with dusty rooms and mystery. The French doors in my bedroom, with the prerequisite long white, billowing curtains, would face the ocean. When the doors blew open, as they usually do in mysterious houses, I’d stand on the small balcony looking out at the water while the curtains blew around me. I’d see the huge white caps pummeling the rocky shore. That was about as far as my imagination took me before I turned off the light and went to sleep. Later I was awakened by the sound of the rain.

The day is a dismal one, cloudy and damp, but it is warm, in the mid 40’s. Much of the snow disappeared with the rain except in my neighbor’s front yard. Underneath their trees a tract of snow remains. The huge plowed piles on the corner are just about gone, but my neighbor’s snow, still white, resists the warmth and the rain. I guess it is winter’s last gasp.

The morning birds are the first sounds of spring. The leaf blowers are the second. My neighbor’s deck is now being cleared of winter debris. It won’t take long. My deck, on the other hand, has leaves and branches fallen and blown from the pine trees which overhang it. Cleaning all that debris will take much longer. My backyard has some huge branches which broke off during the winter. In the no man’s land between my house and the next, a pine tree trunk has split in half. One half, leaning on the branches of other trees, will be sawed into pieces and hauled away. The other half will be left in the ground.

Good Friday has always been a no school day, but starting around the sixth grade, I had to sign up for an hour vigil at the church. I used to sneak in a book and would read the hour away. It always went fast.

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10 Comments on ““This is a day youngsters can find the liberation they are seeking, by turning inwards, through prayer, and recognizing the temptations of greed, jealousy, lust etc.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    That photo is exactly like my old choir robes right down to the pointy hat which was a pain in the butt to keep on my very slippery hair. And a paperback would fit up the cassock sleeve. I read during sermons. 🙂

    Yesterday was cloudy but it warmed up and the sun came out. Still, I was cold last night so I upped the heat a bit. Sometime early this morning I woke up and was really too warm. Down went the heat again. It’s that time of the year. Finally.
    Today is cloudy, warmer and sometimes rainy. But it was lovely walking the dogs this morning even in the rain.
    I can see my side yard now but the back yard is still snow and ice. All the grass is dead and there are lots of small branches all over the place. Lots of work ahead.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love that you read during sermons. I had to be careful hiding my book and try not to look too absorbed in my hymnal or prayer book. That would have been a giveaway.

      Today has been pretty much rainy all day. It wasn’t cold as such but the dampness made it feel chilly. I wiped Gracie down when she came in. It is supposed to be warm the next couple of days. I’ll take it!

      All the snow is gone from my yard. The prayer flags and the Mexican fiesta flags in the back are torn and on the ground. I’ll have to find replacements. My front lawn is filled with small branches and the front stones where I park are all over the place, including the garden.

      My landscaper said he’ll start this week. That is spring!

      Have a great evening!!

  2. Coleen Says:

    A happy and blessed Easter to you, Kat! Dye an egg and think of me, willya? 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I wish you the same! May the Easter Bunny overfill your basket!

      I’ll dedicate one colorful egg to you!

  3. Bob Says:

    Today was a work day for me. Unfortunately, my company doesn’t recognize Good Friday as a company holiday. We had clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s with cooler weather and rain forecasted for Sunday. Why would the day that Jesus was crucified is called ‘Good’? Tonight is the first night of the Passover holiday. Observant Jews forego eating any thing that has been leavened. That many days of eating Matos causes me terrible constipation. Sometimes being chosen is not much fun. 🙂 I’d rather eat chocolate Easter eggs at any time of the year.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Most businesses are open on Good Friday. I don’t know any closed. Come to find out many schools were open today to make up a snow day.

      It is still raining and has been on and off all day. Off Cape had 55˚ and sun. Our day will come I hope.

      The term “Good” in Good Friday is an Old English expression meaning holy. It’s often called Holy Friday also.

      I do love chocolate Easter eggs too!

      • Bob Says:

        Thanks for the explanation of the origin of Good Friday. Who would have thought the word good ment holy back then. Here the schools were closed today and the school districts are adding snow days at the end in May. Enough folks were off work today that there was little traffic going to or from work.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Almost all schools here have taken over 5 school days. The 5 are built into the calendar, but the rest have to be added to the school year.

        Everything around here was open.

        There was a Facebook conversation about people saying Happy Good Friday. That is weird.

  4. olof1 Says:

    I thought I had made a comment here but then I remembered that I read it in my mobile phone and just thought of what I was going to write 🙂 Can’t remember what now though 🙂

    Sunny, warm and almost wind free here yesterday and the rest of easter will be much the same, nights are very cold though but that will change after this weekend just when we start working again 🙂

    Yes why do those doors always blow open? It would be more scary if they couldn’t e open even if one tried to 🙂

    I always think of hgow great it would be to have a Hobbit house when the storms passes by, I want it at a top of a hill though because I can always imagine how those hobbit houses down in the valley get flooded when the heavy rains fall 🙂 I would sit there in the kitchen by the big fire while cooking coffee or prhaps a stew in my rocking chair enjoying the big storm 🙂

    Cold early morning here now and itis time for a walk.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I figure if they wouldn’t open we’d know something horrible is going to happen. When they blow open, it could be just the wind or it could be……Our imagination can fill in what it might just be.

      You have had such a wonderful winter compared to ours. The paper did mention how all that snow has made the reservoirs so filled they have had to release an overflow. The west coast is in the middle of a drought, and we have more water than we can handle.

      I love the Hobbit house. The shape is wonderful with the round doorways. Bilbo’s house was so lovely.

      Hope you enjoyed your walk!


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