“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”

It rained yesterday, and it will rain again today. It is chilly at 44˚. The sun was out for a bit then it disappeared then it reappeared. The clouds are getting darker. The wind is whipping the tops of the pine branches. I expect a few to break. It is a good day to stay home.

When I was in high school, the library was a hangout. It was a legitimate reason to go out on a school night, one of the very few. I think a broken leg was also on the list.

We didn’t drive, my friends and I. We mostly got rides from parents. Our high school was two towns away and buses only ran during the daytime. On weekends, we’d often stay local and meet for a movie, a night of bowling, bad bowling, or just to get together. Sometimes there was a dance at school. I will always remember the day of the week of the Kennedy assassination. It was a Friday, and we were supposed to have a dance.

When I was a kid, summer was my favorite season, not just for no school but because the days were long, hot and sunny, made to do anything I wanted. In the summer, we could go anywhere our feet or our bicycles could take us just as long as we were home when the streetlights came on. We didn’t have to go inside then, but we had to stay within my mother’s shouting range. Summer days were long.

Meal times and bedtimes disappeared. I’d stay up late watching TV or reading or I’d sit outside on the back steps by myself and look at the millions of stars covering the sky. I learned to be content.

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5 Comments on ““I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.””

  1. katry Says:

    Henry Fielding quote

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Hopefully, this will be your last gasp of winter. Today again the sky is clear with highs in the mid 70s.

    Every kid loves summer vacation, who wouldn’t. Unfortunately, it’s a huge waste of resources to not have lthe school calendar run 12 months out of the year. Believe it or not, the school calendar is only 180 days a year. The rest of the modern first world countries kids are in school more days and beat our kids on standardized tests. That’s not counting it’s a waste of valuable resources that are doing nothing for half a year. The school calendar is based on an agricultural society.

    Soap box removed.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My sister said it snowed there this morning. She is only 15 miles from Boston, not exactly the mountains. It will snow in the mountains tonight.

      Around here the school year is measured in hours. It used to be the universal 180 days.

      Full year schools would be costly here. The old schools would need to be air conditioned. All the contracts would have to be renegotiated. I can imagine the screaming parents complaining about their children needing summer jobs to earn money for college. It would be long and messy.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Raininghere too today, a nice and gentle spring rain so not even Albin dislikes it. A bit more than 50F as well so I am actually thinking of taking a walk with the dogs anyway.

    Spring has always been my favorite season, the days are alreday so long up here that it doesn’t make much difference during summer. I like when all the bird song starts and all colors come back and staying up late has never been my thing being a morning person 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Crister.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Saturday stayed cold and ugly. Today isn’t much better, but at least we have a bit of sun now and again, and it will get to the high 50’s. I’m not going anywhere so I figure it doesn’t matter the weather.

      We have green grass and colorful flowers everywhere, but it is still early spring chilly despite being May. I’m glad though as I’m not missing anything by being stuck inside.

      Enjoy your day!


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