“What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?”

Yesterday was wonderful. The weather was so hot short sleeves were the order of the day. The restaurant was filled, and there was a line out the door, but our reservations got us seated as soon as we checked in at the desk. Looking out the bank of windows from our table, we could see only the ocean glinting in the sun and tiny whitecaps cresting atop the waves. My friend noted it was like being on a cruise.

The Easter Bunny was good to me. Besides the traditional candy, I got a new coffee mug which held pansies, a great t-shirt with Nevertheless, she persisted on it, spring and Easter hand towels, and a giant package of chocolate sea salt caramels. I admit that last night I ate two Reese’s peanut butter eggs. I could hear them calling my name from the kitchen.

Right now we have 70˚. It will get cooler starting tonight but today needs to be enjoyed. I can see myself sitting on the deck stretched out in the sun maybe reading my book but maybe just sitting with my eyes closed to take in all that warmth.

The Ten Commandments was on TV on the other night. It got me remembering when it was first shown. It was around Easter. It was a huge event. The whole family sat around the TV watching. That the movie was in black and white made no difference. We were thrilled and amazed to see such an epic movie on TV right there in our living room. My mother made popcorn.

Today we celebrate Patriot’s Day which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, the start of the American Revolution. It is an official state holiday, and it is chock full of events. The reenactment of the battle was this morning starting at 5:30. The reenactors for both sides wear historically accurate clothes with the Red Coats in uniform and the minutemen in every day garb. When the guns are fired, smoke fills the air and it is 1775.

The Red Sox game began at 11 today. Right now my Sox are ahead 4-2, but it is still early innings.

Today is Boston Marathon day. The first wave of marathoners started the 121st running of the race at 8:50. Elite runners left at 9:30. The last wave left at 11:15. The winning woman just crossed the line on Boylston Street.

My day will be a quiet one satisfying my soul and spirit. I’m spending the afternoon on the deck. Maybe I’ll read or maybe I’ll just sit and soak in the warmth of the sun and with eyes closed listen to all the sounds around me: the swishing of leaves from the slight breeze, the spawns of Satan running on the thick branches and the songs of birds. I have hot dogs for lunch.

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6 Comments on ““What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?””

  1. Bob Says:

    When the movie first came out it was only shown at the Palace theater in downtown Dallas. My mother bought tickets for us in advance and we had reserved seats. We got all dressed up for the show and ushers carrying flashlights showed us to our seats. During the intermission a huge pipe organ console magically rose up from the stage playing music. 1956 was the height of the movie business and theaters like the Palace were common in every city. The film still holds up well and I still want to boo Edward G. Robinson as Dathan. Too bad Moses became a right wing, gun toting, NRA looney toon in his last few years before his passing. I was awed by God writing the Decalogue in lighting bolts and amazed at the special effect of parting the Red Sea. Easy stuff today but difficult in those analog days.

    Cooler today with lots of needed rain.

    • katry Says:

      I loved the chariot race. That was fierce and looked real. The anger was apparent. It was an amazing film for its time. The parting of the Red Sea was done without CGI which made it all the more spectacular.

      I felt like an adult going to the theater in Boston with my friends. It was a memorable trip.

  2. Rowen Says:

    How grand.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    A friend was running the Marathon along with a charity group. She did finish but not with an official time. She said it was so hot that she almost gave up but a friend stepped in and helped her along those last 6 miles. I’m glad she finished and was fine.

    Some years ago I read an account of the British retreat from Lexington down The Concord Road (Mass Ave) to Charlestown. There was an old photograph of the house where some of the bloodiest fighting took place. The caption said the terrain on the road was pretty much what the British would have had all the way back to Charlestown. It was a road bordered by stone walls with open ground to either side of it and trees beyond which gave cover to the rebels. The British were taking fire from rebels who were continuing to gather on both sides of the road all the time they were marching back to Boston. I hadn’t appreciated how horrific it must have been until I could put a picture with the narrative.
    One day a friend and I were traveling down Mass Ave from Lexington to Boston on a particularly traffic-cursed day. Suddenly my friend said, “The British must be laughing at us”. Gage’s Revenge, I guess.

    Easter Sunday was beautiful. Yesterday was beautiful. Another day for not doing chores. At least the indoor chores. The dogs and I sat on the top step of the front porch and watched the happenings in the neighborhood. Nothing much was happening. The dogs got brushed and the birds got the fur for their nests. The birds were happy.

    There’s a Lindt Chocolate bunny calling my name from the kitchen.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m glad she finished too. The news said several runners were overcome by the heat though none seriously. A good day for spectators is a bad day for runners.

      I had been taught that those rebels following the Red Coats and shooting from behind walls were the first guerillas. They shot from hidden places and picked off the Briitish as they were marching.

      I absolutely agree about the last two days being beautiful, warm and sunny. They were definitely outside days.

      Oops, your bunny seems to have contacted mine who is now calling me.

      Have a great day!!

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