“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”

The day started grey but it is now sunny, not bright but sunny. It is also noisy with birds singing and calling. Monday always seems quiet to me. It’s the day to recuperate from the weekend and all the errands and chores and evenings with friends. I spent the morning with my neighbor. We chatted in English to improve her skills. The have/has problem is the one she can’t seem to shake. I explain it. She thinks about it, repeats it a few times, then a bit later says she have when telling me a story. I want to bang my head on the table. Maybe she’ll connect my head banging with has.

When I was a kid, it was easy to be happy. I had everything I wanted. I had a bike, ice skates, regular skates and a sled. The library was a good walk away but worth the walk. It was filled with books so I never wanted for something to read. I liked school so going every day was no big deal. I loved learning new things. My friends were neighborhood friends so we saw each other even day walking to and from school and on Saturdays for whatever we decided to do. I think it was when I was a teenager that I started to want more.

Clothes became important when I was older. We all wanted to look alike without looking alike. It was a strange conundrum. Transistor radios were a must, the smaller the better. Saddle shoes were in for a while, and I still have a pair of them. Maybe I ought to wear them. My Easter bonnet was a hit so maybe the shoes will be too. Back then only white sneakers would do. We wanted more. Discontentment replaced happiness. Envy was big.

I went through a few more transitions. One of my favorites was my overalls-flannel shirt phase. I wore them with high tops, pink high tops. Individuality had become more important.

I think the Peace Corps made me brave. I was living in a far different culture where I had to do most things on my own including traveling. I learned to be self-sufficient and a bit daring. When I told my family I was going to Morocco by myself, they chatted among themselves and were quite nervous. They even designated my brother-in-law Rod as the rescue person should I break a leg or need saving for some reason. They told me this when I got home. I thought it was pretty funny. I think, though, I should be thankful for a family with emergency back-ups plans for me when I travel. You never know!

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10 Comments on ““To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I hope You’re better after yesterdays fall, sometimes it gets worse the day after.

    I had a short while when I thought of what I was wearing and it happened when I started to work and make my own money, before that my friends and I were too poor to even think of brands or special kind of clothes.

    Later on I decided I rather had comfortable clothes 🙂 They are usually cheaper too to be honest 🙂 and it seems that people think that gardeners, even if they don’t work as it any longer are allowed to look a bit odd 🙂

    The dark grey clouds are now filling the sky, we had sunshine for a short while but now I thinkj it’ll start to rain any minute.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m okay, just a bit stiff. I actually took a couple of naps today as I was so tired. Luckily I had nothing to do a and no place I needed to go.

      I have become a lover of casual clothes. There are very few places where I have to be dressed up to go so I like being comfortable. I used to wear a dress every day for work so now I don’t have to, and I like it.

      Our sunshine didn’t last very long. There is a maybe for rain tomorrow. We can really use it.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    I love pavement in a strange town – I like to head out early looking for coffee and newspaper stands and all the things that bring a city to life as the dawn comes up.

    Seems that the shadow of deflated balls has once again fallen upon the Pats – and we will see Garropabongo on Monday Night Football while TB is hanging out with Gazelle. I wonder if they can appeal this to the supreme court ?

    My dress style is basically zero. I adopt man at Tottenham Hotspur or London School of Economics and if I don’t want to go total slob its Fred Perry. I alternate between jeans and shorts with this time of year proving to be most challenging.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I always did the same thing, even when I traveled with other people. I’d be up and out early and watch the trucks unloading at the markets, window shop and find a bakery where I’d get breakfast.

      I don’t even want to comment on the whole thing. It is a set-up job as far as I am concerned.

      I don’t go total slob, but I do go totally casual. I spent too may years getting dressed up for work so I figure I’m owed not having to any more.

      Life is good when it’s comfortable.

  3. Bob Says:

    I hope yesterday’s fall has healed and you are doing fine. Whenever I visit a strange town I love to explore the area. If I’m in a walking area of town I will explore the neighborhood. If I have a car I will drive around looking for interesting things to see or places to eat. I always start with the hotel staff who usually can tell which direction I probably don’t want to go. Sometimes that’s the most interesting direction. 🙂

    When I was a kid I also had everything I needed but there was always some toy or thing I thought I couldn’t live without. My parents being products of the Great Depression could squeeze a penny until honest Abe squealed and made me wait until my birthday or the holidays to get my desire. By then I couldn’t remember what I wanted and was happy with whatever my parents bought. 🙂

    Today the skies are partly cloudy with mid 80s temperatures. Tonight and tomorrow we are expecting rain.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Thanks! I am a bit stiff but not in any pain. I was glad it was on the rug and not concrete.

      Sometimes I’d take a tour of the city just so I could get an idea where everything was then I’d get out and walk. I too would ask for places to see and places to eat.

      I made a list for Christmas but didn’t usually have anything in mind for my birthday. My mother was always great in choosing just the right gifts.

      80˚ is August for us!

  4. Hedley Says:

    For music lovers go to
    http://www.live.brucespringsteen.net

    Bruce is offering a free download of his tribute Purple Rain from Saturday’s show. It’s awfully good

  5. Richard Says:

    Woo-Hoo! This sciatica stuff’s really not ‘all that and a bag o’ chips’ … besides, I’m really tired playin’ the role of Mister Horizontal for – what – four? five? – days now. It’s gettin’ quite old.

    If I’m lucky, the doc may be able to see me a bit earlier than my apptmt time Wednesday. If I’m even luckier, he’ll have called in the ‘scrip for 200mg Celebrex tomorrow morning. The stuff I’m taking now is a Celebrex ‘scrip from when I tore the meniscus of my rt knee in ’07 – I do b’leeve it’s close to being past its ‘Best If Used By’ date … but, I take it for the residual effect ‘cos it does effectuate a bit of relief that’s greater than aspirin.

    Glad you’re up and around once more – even gladder you didn’t break anything with that fall. In celebration of that fact – and because I can’t stay upright to type any longer than this – I present Mr Pat Kirtley and his fine piece entitled ‘Daisy Goes A-Dancin’ … he’s quite the player, that Mr Kirtley … enjoy.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      I’m up and about but exhausted and a bit sore. Today I had two naps. I can’t understand why I’m so tired lately. You, at east, know the reason.

      I have a bunch of pills. Some are pain and some are muscle relaxers. I take them when I have to go someplace. Others I have to take every day as they are heart pills. I feel as if I am a mini-pharmacy.

      He is most assuredly quite the player!


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