“No one tests the depth of the river with both feet.”

The rain started a bit ago. I can hear it hitting the overhang. The weather report is for continuing rain most of the day with the high in the low 60’s. I have the door open for Henry, and I can feel the damp chill.

Nothing holds my attention today. I have seen the first five or ten minutes of several movies and have yet to find one to watch. I’ve been through Prime, YouTube and now I’m scrolling through Netflix. I’ve read one half of a newspaper. I straightened the chairs in the dining room and polished the counter. I went through and added food to my Never List on Imperfect Foods. That was the last thing I did. I have now run out of busy work.

I’ve noticed my TV remote never hears my voice the first time I speak into it every day. That’s odd.

I have an aerogram I sent to a friend four months before the end of my service in Ghana. I’m going to quote some. “I’m beginning to realize how damn lucky I have been. This whole wonderful experience has been mind blowing. All of a sudden, you’re awake to sounds, sights, smells and feelings that you never knew existed before, and it’s sort of the experience that you can never forget because you’ve tried to absorb every piece, every particle that you can so it can all be brought back if it ever begins to dim. Already I am getting nostalgic, and I haven’t even left yet.”

Of my friends Bill and Peg, Bill once told me not a day goes by that he doesn’t think about Ghana. When the three of us went back together, I loved their joy the most. I could see it on their faces. I’m sure they could see it on mine. It was our homecoming of sorts. Some of it was new but enough of it was old. I could eat jollof rice every night, even here.

My electricity went off for about a minute. The lights came back quickly but not the phone, TV or the internet. I didn’t care. I kept typing. My computer had morphed into a typewriter, a manual typewriter. The computer came back next. The TV was last. That’s okay. I still haven’t found anything to watch.

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4 Comments on ““No one tests the depth of the river with both feet.””

  1. William Sandford Says:

    Looks like we were wearing Ghanaian shirts at Legion.

    • katry Says:

      I think most of us had shirts and dresses made for the swearing in ceremony. That was the only time I was ever at Legon.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Like you, we turned off the TV this evening due to lack of interest. The news is so depressing I stopped reading the news feeds on my iPad and only watch the weather and the sports on the ten o’clock newscast. I’m just plain fed up with what’s going on in this country.

    Thank goodness for memories. Without them we would be stuck with the present all the time. The present isn’t all that nice right now.

    Why who you vote for matters? Late last week our Republican Governor ordered that each county could only have one mail in ballot drop off box. This obviously penalizes voters in the large cities such as Houston, Dallas and San Antonio which are heavily Democratic. A lower federal judge overturned his ruling on Monday and last night the 5th circuit court of appeals three judge panel overturned the lower court ruling. All three judges are Trump appointees.

    Imagine what will happen when this right wing ideologue gets on the court with six conservative justices. Goodbye Obamacare, goodbye Roe, goodbye gay marriage. These young conservative, origonalist justices will turn back the clock to 1954. It’s a reactionary’s dream come true. 🙁

    Or, what about that gang of numb skulls who planned to kidnap the Democratic Governor of Michigan and put her on trial. Trump’s horrible rhetoric has fired up all these right wing and armed lunatics. I hope that they get the book thrown at them and spend the rest of their worthless lives in prison being some great big, sadistic inmate’s personal sex toy. 🙂

    October is usually one of our wettest months in the year. This year it’s been as dry as a bone bleaching in the sun with no relief in sight. We only hit the low 80s today which is normal temperature for this time of the year.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I watched old TV programs on Prime. They were all black and white. I then watched Rear Window again. What a great movie. Last night I went to bed earlier than usual.

      Tonight I’ve been doing pretty much the same things as last night. I did practice my uke for a while until I got frustrated. Right now I’m watching Rizzoli and Isles but I am checking out MSNBC looking for reactions to the hearing I didn’t watch.

      The ballot box problem has made the national news. People are horrified at this attempt to suppress the vote. Senator Klobuchar is even talking about it right now. I don’t understand how the republicans cannot see how harmful their stances are.

      People will be shocked to find out they have lost their insurance. Many of them don’t realize that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing.

      The part of the plan which was a head shaker was they planned to try her then hang her. I agree with you. They need to be labeled what they are, terrorists, so they can spent the rest of their lives in federal prison.

      We too have had a dry october. the rain was welcomed.


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