“I told myself that I was going to live the rest of my life as if it were Saturday.”

Today is a lovely, warm day. While I was out on the deck, Henry ran the yard, and I noticed the empty bird feeder swaying from a high tree branch above my head. It was the same feeder the spawn raided the other day. I watched its acrobatic moves from the deck rail to the feeders. I gave the squirrel an 8, a lower score because the jump wasn’t difficult. I have a wired feeder to replace the one the spawns visit.

When I was a kid, there was no better day than Saturday. All morning I got to watch my shows. I’d sit on the floor in front of the TV with my bowl in hand and munch Rice Krispies. In good weather, I’d head out the door after breakfast. My mother would always ask where I was going. I never had a specific answer. I always said, “Just out.” She was fine with that.

In winter I’d walk up town to the movie theater, to the matinee. Most times the movie was an old one preceded by a cartoon and coming attractions, but the movie didn’t really matter. What did matter was being there in the crowded theater dodging candy missiles, eating the longest lasting candy I could buy and sitting surrounded by my friends. The only movie I remember seeing is The Wizard of Oz. I swear the entire audience gasped when the movie turned to color over the rainbow.

In Ghana, I often went to town on Saturdays, especially on market days. I loved wandering the busy market in the early mornings. I bought meat, eggs, tomatoes, onions and sometimes bread, sweet, unsliced bread. Once in a while I’d find a surprise like the watermelon. I carried my stringed shepherd’s bag which stretched to hold just about everything, even the watermelon.

When I was teaching, Saturday was my sacrosanct day, a day for me. I didn’t do school work, no preparing lessons and no correcting. Everything was left for Sunday.

I joke and tell people every day is Saturday for me. It really is but without the Rice Krispies and a matinee.

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4 Comments on ““I told myself that I was going to live the rest of my life as if it were Saturday.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    The opposite weather over here, one of Your old storms is passing by with strong winds and rain. They say we’ll get sunshine tomorrow but the weather forecast is slowly showing more and more clouds. It would be nice if we did get some sunshine though.

    I can’t remember any of all the films I watched at the cinemas when I was a kid. I have a vague memory of a western but that’s it 🙂 🙂 I really didn’t like westerns so it is fun that that’s the one sticking 🙂 🙂 I do remember the smell in the cinemas though, old air and candy 🙂

    They have never shown more than just the actual movie over here but back in the days we all had to come early so none of us would miss the commercials 🙂 🙂 I think it was in the 80’s we first had tv channels that showed commercials so for us they were exciting 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Saturday morning TV was filled with commercials, and many of them were for cereals and treats for kids. Around Christmas, TV was filled with toy commercials.

      We did have that horrific weather during the week. The wind and rainy night was the worst. I hope you’ll get the weather we are having now.

      I don’t like westerns much. That is because when I was a kid, the evening programs for a few years were mostly westerns. A couple of oldie stations still have them, the same ones I saw as a kid.

      Stay dry!!

      • Bob Says:

        Hi Kat,

        Today was warm and partly cloudy. The high temperature was 77°. We drove out to Weatherford Texas which is the home town of Mary Martin and also her son Larry Hagman of the TV show ‘Dallas fame’. There’s a statue of her dressed in the Peter Pan costume in front of the public library. I remember watching her performance of Peter Pan on a black and white TV in 1954 flying around the TV on a wire.

        We then ventured 20 miles further west to Minneral Wells which was the U.S. Army’s undergraduate helicopter training base during the Vietnam War. There’s a huge hotel called ‘The Baker’ that was built in 1929 and which has been abandoned since the 1970s. It’s a historic landmark and is being completely renovated and will reopen in 2022.

        https://roadtrippers.com/magazine/baker-hotel-mineral-wells-texas/

        Like you, Saturday mornings were reserved for kid shows on TV. I especially loved watching “Sky King” because he flew around his ranch in a twin engine Cessna 310 airplane. I also had a crush on his TV niece Penny. I knew I was heterosexual at an early age. 🙂 Sitting on the floor two feet away from the screen with a bowl of Rice Krispies was mandatory.

        Occasionally, on Saturday afternoons I would go to the kid show at the movies. They were older pictures that were preceded by several cartoons and a couple of short films. The kids would boo and hiss at the bad guys and throw popcorn at the screen. I wouldn’t have wanted the job of cleaning up the place after those kids matinees. Years later I always wondered how many siblings were conceived while the older kids were stuffing themselves on candy and popcorn while watching a double feature. 🙂

  2. katry Says:

    Hi Bob,

    I remember watching Peter Pan. We even had the soundtrack. It was on three or four 45’s in brown sleeves in a single jacket. We had it for years. That’s kind of cool they had a statue of her.

    That hotel, even before renovation, is beautiful. I would be happy to stay there. The Omni Parker House in Boston is an old hotel which has been carefully maintained. It opened in 1855. Boston Cream pie was first served there. The regular rooms are small given when it was built. I have stayed there twice just to spend time in the city.

    I also liked Sky King while Captain Midnight was my favorite. I appreciated Annie Oakley, the sheriff, the cowgirl. I liked Andy Devine and his cast of characters, Froggy and Midnight. I remember the giant book he’d put on his lap.

    The owner of the movie theater in my town made sure that the noise didn’t get out of hand, He removed the especially rowdy. Stuff harder than popcorn got thrown!!


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