“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”

The sun is back. The breeze is heavy but still short of a wind. I have deck work today, taking the covers off all the furniture. I also have to haul boxes to the deck, empty them of all the decorations then put the covers in those boxes for the summer. If I have time, I’ll hang the decorations.

Tonight, The Importance of Being Ernest, is my first play at the Cape Playhouse. It received an excellent review in today’s paper. I have had season tickets for many years. I love my seat: on the aisle in row 5. My dance card now has a recurring event: a play every other week. I feel like a socialite.

I am getting two cats, both five years old. They are Jack and Gwendolyn. They belonged to my aunt who just passed away. She was the last of eight and my mother’s sister. She was also five months younger than I am which made for a prickly relationship when we were kids. She’d tell me to obey her as she was my aunt, and I’d counter with obey me as I am older. I wasn’t going to have cats for a while as I still am working with Henry, but they were destined to go to a shelter, and I couldn’t let that happen. I worry about Jack and Gwendolyn and the dog. I know Henry will be fine as Maddie was here when he moved in, but I worry about the cats moving and adjusting to a new home and how they will react to Henry.

Last night I followed Henry outside. It was a beautiful night. It was a quiet night. Light shined from the big star on my fence and the line of white lights behind it. I noticed part of the set of lights was out so I went to try to fix it. That had happened before so I sort of knew what to do. Just as I got down to the yard, all the lights went out. I was in the dark and knew I couldn’t fix the lights until tonight. When I got back on the deck, I realized the lights went out because of the timer. I felt a little silly.

Today is flag day. I always fly the flag. I also have small flags on wooden sticks stuck in plants on my deck. They celebrate my country.

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10 Comments on ““Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Sorry for the loss of your aunt and welcome Jack and Gwendolyn!
    Cat stories on KTCC again 🙂
    Have fun tonight and good luck with your furry family!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Thanks for the good luck wishes. I hope for the best. Henry is a good sort so he’ll just be curious.

      I need to arrange to pick them up sometime this week, and I need cat food and litter. The gate is somewhere in the cellar. It will go in the guest room doorway so they’ll feel safe as it makes the room off-limits for Henry.

      My sister thinks it is irony that my aunt and I were distant, and I’m the one taking her babies.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    When your last aunt or uncle passes away it always seems to me an era has come to a close. Sorry for your loss, she was younger than you which is always a strange situation. Somehow aunts and uncles should precede us in death. Last year my mother’s youngest sister passed away at 94. All of my aunts and uncles on both sides of my family went before her.

    Earlier this month only a small number of veterans flew to Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of D day due to declining health reasons. Soon the entire generation of WWII vets will be dead. Already younger people have forgotten the price paid by that generations to defeat fascism. Now members of the boomer generation are electing populist nationalist leaders who may not be fully committed to democracy. After all those folks think Hitler was good for Germany because he made the trains run on time. 🙁

    Heading out from work and back home after four nights in the hotel. Beautiful clear sky with temperatures in the low 90s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I still have three uncles, my mother’s brothers. One is only two years older than I. Within one year in my family, four of us were born: me, my aunt and two cousins.

      Most of the veterans are in their 90’s so travel was difficult. We lose 372 veterans per day and only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2016. For young people, WWII is ancient history. None of my friends voted for Trump. I hate to think boomers, our age group, are voting for him. Nationalism seems to be the draw. I believe it was Mussolini who made the trains run on time.

      I’m happy you’re going home! A lovely day in the 70’s today!

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Sorry, I hate to give either one of those dictators credit for doing anything good. As people age they tend to become more conservative in their political views. In the UK most of the younger folks supported remaining in the EU. However, young people on both sides of the Atlantic don’t vote in large enough numbers to make a difference. Old people vote in droves.

        “Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.” Winston Churchill

      • katry Says:

        I agree about both dictators. I wonder if it is true that most people who came of age in the 60’s, the boomers, become conservatives as they age. I don’t know a single person around my age who is conservative.

        It is so sad how few a number of young people vote. I couldn’t wait to vote, and we had to wait until we were 21.

        I disagree with Winston Churchill.

  3. olof1 Says:

    A rather nice morning over here today, a bitvtii high humidity but otherise really nice.

    I’m pretty sure things will work out just fine between the cats and Harry, just give them a couple ofdays to adapt. The cat will perhaps not show themselves especially much in the beginning but that’ll change. Of course one can’t put them in a shelter!

    We used to have our flag day on June sixth but then they made June sixth to our national day so I guess that day is both now. Wery few of us have flag poles and very few have those tiny flags hanging by the entrance. We really don’t care to be honest 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We had the best day today, and it is still warm. I think it is the warmest day we’ve had.

      Fern and Maddie were 5 when I adopted them. They hid under a bed in the guest room. Fern came out first, but Maddie stayed under a long time. I’m going to set the cats up in the guest room. I have a gate they can get through but not Henry, so their food will be safe. I couldn’t let them go to a shelter!

      I have a flag flying off the side of my house. Many people have flags waving. On July 4th and Glad Day, I put out flag banners on the fence. They look great.

      Enjoy your day!

  4. Erin Apostolos Says:

    Thanks for taking Auntie’s cats, Kat. Though your relationship may have been prickly, you shared a common bond of love for animals. Those were her babies and she is breathing a sigh of relief from heaven knowing that a generous animal lover such as yourself will be taking care of them now.

    I remember she was visiting here for Thanksgiving five or six years ago and made Billy drive her home in a blizzard because she worried her cats had been alone too long. I tried to talk her out of it, but she wouldn’t hear it. She called me when she got home (I think it took five hours when it usually takes two.) “It’s a good thing I left, Erin. The cats were down to a quarter inch of dry food.” She was completely serious and almost blaming me for nearly causing their starvation. Billy joked it was well worth the several near death experiences to top off the food bowls.

    But we are all crazy about our pets. It’s in our genes. I could see you braving a blizzard to get back to your babies. Thanks again Kat!

    Sending much love. XO
    Erin

    • katry Says:

      Erin,
      I couldn’t let her babies go to a shelter. I know Henry will be fine as Maddie was here when he came. I just worry about the cats. They will be in my guest room. I have a gate which I used to have there so the cats could eat without Gracie bothering them. It has a hole in the middle for the cats. Fern and Maddie were five when I got them, and they stayed there, in the guest room, for a while.

      You’re right about so many of us having the pet gene. We’d all go into the snow storm. Mine have both dry and wet food. The dry is a snack. Gracie had the same, but Henry would eat the dry.

      I’ll let you know how Kathy’s babies do!


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