“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”

My first regret of the day is that I didn’t get up early enough. When I finally rolled out of bed, one of my mother’s phrases, it was sunny and warm. Now, a couple of hours later, it is dark and cloudy.

The house holds the cool night air, and, without the sun, it won’t get warm. Tonight’s low will be 60˚. Right now we’re at the predicted daytime high, 70˚.

Yesterday I completed my errands. I did not complete my chores. The laundry is still sitting there by the cellar door, and every day I add more to the pile. The saving grace has been that I still have clean underwear so there has been no impetus for doing laundry. It isn’t so much washing and drying the laundry, those are the machine’s jobs, but the folding and the hauling it upstairs, my jobs, stop me every time, but I’ll just have to bite the bullet, another of my mother’s phrases, and get it done.

I’m staying home today. I have no reason to be out and about. I have three library books and a couple more I bought from Barnes and Noble to chose from for the day’s reading. Yesterday I bought bread, the staff of life, fruit and cream for my coffee. My larder is full.

The only real school shopping we used to do was for new shoes, a lunchbox, pencil box, school bag and supplies. I needed only one new outfit which I wore on the first day because after that we wore uniforms. My mother always steered us to pick sturdy shoes hoping they’d last the whole year. Most years they didn’t. The weather got to them or we grew out of them.

I think I was in the 4th grade when I chose my first non character lunch box, a sure sign of maturity. My school bag was dual. It could be carried by the handle or slung over my shoulder by the strap. The pencil box was handy. It had everything I needed except a pen, a ruler and a box crayons.

I used to put all my supplies on the bed then I’d place them in my school bag. I’d try different ways of loading the supplies. I was looking for even distribution though I didn’t didn’t know the word for it back then. Once I had found the perfect way to load my school bag I’d hang it off the door knob of my room and I’d practice carrying it. I wanted everything perfect for the first day of school.

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2 Comments on ““You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    School has started here last week. When I was a kid in elementary school the uniform was blue jeans, tee shirts and tennis shoes, black Keds. When I moved to NYC in the middle of the eighth grade I was shocked that I had to wear shirts with a collar, slacks, leather shoes and ties. It was a rude awakening. When I went to high school the dress code was the same without the ties.

    This morning a cool front came through accompanied by rain, today the high temperature was in the upper 70s. A relief from the 102 degrees we had yesterday. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My nephew’s kids in Colorado have started their third week.

      After Labor Day is the traditional start to school here with few exceptions. When I was in high school, there was no uniform but guys had to wear shirts with collars and no jeans. Girls couldn’t wear pants. Even in my freshman year in college girls couldn’t wear pants. During my sophomore year the winter was freezing cold so the no pants rule was suspended. It never returned.

      Today was in the high 60’s. Right now it is around 60˚ and will stay that way all night.


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