“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”

They’re back, the sun and blue sky. It is still cold, but I can probably downgrade it to chilly if I’m standing in the sun. The nights, though, are downright cold, winter cold at 34˚.

When I was a kid, a nickel or a dime was wealth. I remember once I found a half dollar, a treasure. It was a strange find, almost mystical. I was coming back from my aunt’s house using the short cut, a path along side a fence and behind some houses. At the end, I’d jump the fence where it was the shortest and be near my house. I remember thinking I wish I still had my allowance, all fifty cents of it, so I could buy another book, another Trixie Belden. I sat for a minute with my back to the fence before I jumped it. I looked down and there was a half dollar on the path, a shiny half dollar. I was beyond amazed. I believed it was magic. The make a wish, and it comes true sort of magic. I had no other explanation, still don’t.

I believe the world is magical if you take the time to look. It is the dreamer in me. I also have a healthy dose of skepticism honed over time, and I can be cynical. I think my cynicism grew from my idealism, but that’s just my theory.

Fireflies twinkling in my backyard among the trees is magical. I stand on my deck and watch them and have trouble pulling myself away. Christmas lights shining bright in the darkness of winter always delight me. I keep white lights lit all year. Some are candles in my windows; one is a huge star hanging on my fence and a string of lights is around the rail at the end of the deck. I love sun rises and sun sets. I read fantasy novels and leave my skepticism behind. I have a gnome statue. He lives inside all winter and moves to the deck for the summer. The crashing of white crested waves on rocks takes my breath away.

When I travel, my eyes are wide open to everything, my ears are tuned for new sounds and my nose sniffs out unfamiliar smells. But when I travel back to Ghana, I find the familiar awesome. I am still filled with wonder at my having lived in Africa.

I just hope I never forget to look at the world with wide eyes, especially here at home.

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15 Comments on ““The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    It’s hard to remember when I thought if I could only earn $35,000 annually I would be set for life. I could own a home, own two cars, vacation travel twice a year and own even my own small airplane. I had just graduated from high school when I made that assessment because fifty in cents in 1965 could buy you a lot of things. Paperback books were just fifty cents, a ride on the NYC subway was fifteen cents. A big Pretzel was a dime. A hot dog and beans in the Automat restaurant was just 25 cents. That coupled with a glass of ice free ice water and a squeeze of lemon and you had a nice lunch. Unfortunately, inflation has placed a $35,000 a year income just above the poverty level for a family of four here in the USA. 🙂

    I haven’t seen a firefly in many years. Maybe I don’t venture out into the country often enough or maybe the city has expanded so far out that the fireflies are in another county. I completely agree that the world is magical. Looking at the full moon on a clear night or seeing wildflowers appear along the roadside in the last couple of weeks are beautiful and magical things. Sometimes it’s difficult to not be a cynic with our 24 hour news cycle and our smart phones alerting us to every piece of bad news instantly. In bygone days we all watched the 15 minute evening news with trusted journalists such as Walter Cronkite instead of a pair of talking heads that just read the teleprompter and make idle commentary supporting one side or the other. No one takes a moment any more to just listen to the other person without judging them instantly as either for you or against you. We have divided ourselves into hostile tribes and the others are the enemy.

    Today will be rainy with a slight chance of thunderstorms and milid temperatures. It’s springtime in tornado alley.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My first job here on Cape Cod paid me $6900.00 a year. It was enough for me to travel to Europe every summer. I didn’t own a house, but I had a second hand car. I think I was earning about $25,000 when I bought my house. The first years were lean, but I made more money every year and my mortgage stayed the same. It took about 5 years before I could travel again.

      The fireflies show up in July. I am always excited to see the first flickering. Every morning I check to see my flowers growing. The hyacinths have now bloomed in wonderful colors. They are the first break in the drab from winter.

      I fight hard not to let the news creep into my psyche and turn me in to something I don’t ever want to be. Mostly I watch local news which doesn’t have a whole lot of national politics.

      I loved the days of Cronkite and Huntley and Brinkley. They told us the news unembellished by their political beliefs. Fox could learn a lesson.

      We’ll have sun all day with temps in the 50’s.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Fox News was created by Rupert Murdoch to be an ultra conservative news outlet giving the viewer a right wing spin on everything. Murdoch is an extremely wealthy, right wing newspaper owner from Australia who believes that the other news outlets in the US are very liberal. He considers CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the three major TV networks all liberal socialist propaganda outlets. When your political viewpoint is somewhere far to the right of Barry Goldwater every legitimate news outlet will seem liberal. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        I know Murdoch. I know is politics. He must be tickled pink that Trump quotes Fox and even takes credit for it himself.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The world is a magic place. I also hope I never stop noticing it. I hope I never get discouraged when I mention these things to people and they give me the hairy eye-ball. It’s sad that they live in the world and can’t see. Oh well.

    I love your fifty cent story. 🙂 Magic money. It’s as though you called it.
    My horse once found a twenty dollar bill in the middle of the woods when he kicked up the remains of a campfire. The bill wasn’t burned either. My trail buddy and I had a lovely brunch at the local diner after our ride. 🙂

    It’s lovely here today. Bright blue sky and lots of sun. The wind is chilly but it’s warm enough to sit out on the top steps and enjoy some spring-ish weather.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I agree. It is so sad that some people don’t see the wonder. The world is an amazing place. Even the every day is a wonder to behold.

      I still think it is magic money. I also think your horse had a bit of magic in him. $20.00 is quite the find. Perhaps a gnome or a fairy left you the gift.

      It is lovely here but chilly. Even sitting on the steps is chilly.

      Have a great day!

  3. olof1 Says:

    Rather nice here today but could have been very nice if it hadn’t been for the wind. They say most of tomorrow will be sunny too but I forgot to listen about the wind 🙂 It turns out that I now live in the area where there’s the biggest risk of grass fires, feels strange to hear that since most fields are drenches in water here 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Of course there’s magic in the world and if I hadn’t believe it before I moved here I would have as soon as I’ve arrived. I’ve seen lots of strange thing by the bog. Long time since I saw any glow worms (it’s beetles over here) but from what I’ve heard they should live around here too. The problem is that we have daylight for so long when they glow that they can be hard to see.

    I do have a garden gnome that friends gave me one birthday, they know I really don’t like them so that’s why I got one 🙂 🙂 🙂 He too lives indoors during winter and will soon move out to a flower bed as soon as I think the risk of snow is gone.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Boston got to 60˚ today. We hit 50˚. It is always like that this time of year. Living by the ocean has its drawbacks. The nights are cold. I don’t stay outside long when I check on Henry.

      Sweden seems to have the most wonderful magical creatures. I also love your witches and hags. Cranberry bogs around here would be perfect places to see fireflies.

      Maybe our gnomes are related. I like them. Mine is a happy gnome.

      Have a great day!!

  4. im6 Says:

    You might find this interesting. There are several calculators at this site and the inflation calculator says if you made $6900 in 1972, it is the equivalent of $41,000+ in 2018. Even that doesn’t seem like a lot, especially if you were looking to buy a house today. It’s fun to play around with the different tools even though it’s depressing to discover I’m back to living on about what I did when I was just out of college.

    https://www.dollartimes.com/

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I actually felt rich enough on the $6900. In the summer of 1972 I went to Finland, Denmark, Russia and England. I actually could save money.

      No, $41,000 wouldn’t be enough to save for a down-payment. I was lucky as I brought my house in 1977 and didn’t need a huge down-payment. I had so little money the first year in my house I cried when my car smoked as I knew I couldn’t afford a big repair bill. Luckily it was just a hose. I still remember that ride home in the smoking car and my crying the whole way.

      I’ve bookmarked that site. It is really interesting.

  5. Hedley Says:

    My stupid F***ing stupid football team,lost their 6th consecutive FA Cup semi final. I slammed off the TV and Mrs MDH and I motored up to Toronto ready for Steven Wilson tomorrow night -im6 are you listening ?
    Beer and hockey and time to relax

    • Bob Says:

      Toronto is my favorite city in the North America, especially in July. Have a great time.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      Take a deep breath and a slug or two of that beer to help rid you of the anger over your stupid F***ing stupid football team.

      Enjoy your weekend away and your concert!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Hey Bob and Kat, it was actually their 8th consecutive semi final loss but who is counting

        We have a full day before the show at the Danforth tonight. Maybe hit a museum ?

        Thank goodness I still have the Detroit Lions !

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        What has happened? Why? I’m sorry that they can’t get beyond the semi-finals.

        I love museums! That’s a great pick!

        Have fun!


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