“I think ‘lunch’ is one of the funniest words in the world.”

The day is dark. The air is so thick nothing moves. Earlier, when I got my newspapers, it was spitting rain. A thunder storm is predicted late this afternoon. I’m going nowhere.

The trash is gone, and the laundry is done. I have been organizing upstairs. Throw pillows need to be stored in the eaves. The Christmas presents I’ve bought need to be sorted into bags. I just need the bags. I also need a big bin for the deck, for the storage of the new cushions sitting in boxes in the dining room. They are summer still wrapped.

When I was a kid, I knew all the signs. I knew when it was getting close to going back to school. The days got shorter. The street lights came on earlier so I felt gypped when we had to go inside, but I knew the clock didn’t enter into the end of the day. The street light was supreme. Supper time didn’t change so we watched TV until my mother called us to eat. I remember sitting at the small kitchen table craning my neck so I could still see TV.

I felt excited about going back to school. Everything was sort of new. My mother always bought special desserts for our lunchboxes that first week. Usually it was something from Hostess. I leaned toward the cupcakes. Our sandwiches were often bologna, my personal favorite. Friday was tuna fish, my least favorite, or egg salad. My mother made good lunches.

I’m at the point in the month when my larder is getting empty. I have no bread. How can I sustain my life? I don’t even have hot dogs or hamburger. I suppose I can go through the freezer and pull a few things out for later, but who will cook them? I have no house staff.

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8 Comments on ““I think ‘lunch’ is one of the funniest words in the world.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Yesterday, we had about five m8nutes of rain and it was over. The remnants of Hurricane Laura went to the east and missed us completely. The temperature is in the low 90° range with sunny skies and humidity. I’m headed to the pool as soon as I finish this post.

    My son has found a new passion during Covid, grocery shopping. He’s discovered the two grocery stores nearby and likes finding the marked down meats and reads the weekly flyer. If he enjoys it, then it gives him something to keep busy. Let him shoo daily if he wants. He’s on a low carb health kick, but he was nice enough to have bought me some Milkyway bars. 🙂

    I think school lunches in the 1950s were basically boilerplate. We didn’t get tuna salad on Fridays because we aren’t Catholic. I don’t think even Catholics still refrain from eating meat on Fridays. Most Catholic woman will even admit to using birth control.

    Once in awhile my father would buy a kosher salami from the one kosher style deli in town and we would get salami sandwiches on white bread. 🙁 However, without mayo, but with yellow mustard. My father loved to make salami and eggs omelets on Sunday mornings. My mother would pack me the Hostess chocolate filled cupcakes regularly during the school year. It was one way to get through my afternoon classes. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It is finally raining here. It is heavy enough I can hear the drops. I hope it lasts a long time as everything is so dry.

      I like your son’s new passion, and that he doesn’t mind shopping. The carts blocking the aisle and the long lines drove me to delivery. My sister does the check the flyer shopping though she mostly uses Market Basket. I have no huge allegiance to any store, just the one which delivers the soonest. I like the organic store and Ring’s, the speciality grocer, and for regular stuff any supermarket will do

      Catholics haven’t had to refrain from meat for a long, long time. School lunches were what you brought in your lunchbox. My school only sold milk, and I think most of the others did too. I didn’t miss a cafeteria. In high school, my mother gave me money every day for lunch. I didn’t tell her but my friend and I volunteered to clear trays at lunch which got us a free meal. I had a little bit of spending money.

      When my town got a deli, it was an Italian deli. I loved the cold cuts. We ate Genoa salami. I still buy it. I used mustard on most sandwich meats. Later I added hot peppers and started to use mayo on some, on bologna for one. I buy a variety of mustards now. My father also cooked on Sunday mornings but he served bacon.

      • Bob Says:

        My son enjoys the condiment isle with all the different type of hot sauces. We moved into a suburban neighborhood with a mixture of south Asian, Asian and various other people so the local supermarket has a lot of ethnic foods. We’re glad that this neighborhood is not completely white bread, although there are a lot of Trump signs

        My father cooked and ate bacon, but his childhood delicacies and treats remained. I’m amazed when my coworkers were surprised that I ate bacon because of my religion. The only thing they knew about us was that we don’t eat pork. Good thing that know even less about Islam.

      • katry Says:

        I wish I lived in a more diverse place. I can get Brazilian food as many Brazilians now live on the cape but not much more.

        The cape used to be white bread but not any more, but there are still no ethnic restaurants except the Brazilian Grill which is actually a small chain.

        People don’t tend to move beyond their own spheres.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have hot dogs and hamburgers and bread and beans and salad. I have no desire at the moment to assemble any of it into dinner but if someone were to do it for me, I would happily eat it because I’m hungry. I’ve often said my house would be so much nicer if it had room service. 😀
    My only chore today was to give the dogs a bath which I did right after breakfast. They were unappreciative. But they got some watermelon as consolation so all is well.
    Today I considered putting on a sweater. It was chilly up here especially when it started to rain. I resisted. Time to start toughening up for the coming cold season.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I have none of those, but I have ordered some food to be delivered tomorrow from the organic store. The order includes the hot dogs I bought last time. They were delicious while most of the rest are fruit and veggies. I’ll have to do another delivery from a regular supermarket or from Rings where I have a gift card from my sister.

      I didn’t do a single thing. Oops, I did put some new prayer flags on the deck.

      I put on my sweatshirt. The house got chilly.

      Have a great rest of the day!

      • jan sullivan Says:

        I think i did this wrong. i entered a comment and it disappeared when i hit “reply.” Oh well, guess it wasn’t that important anyway.

      • katry Says:

        It would disappear as I reply. You send!! If you thought to write it, I think it important.


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