“Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’.”

What a surprise! It is wet and rainy. The high will be in the low 40’s. Henry still needs dog food so, despite the rain, I’ll venture. A delivery is due today but won’t be here until after Henry’s usual dinner time.

Yesterday I was busy around the house. Most of Christmas is packed into bins. My presents have been put away. Tomorrow, the Epiphany, will be the end of lights shining in the darkness. Already most of my neighborhood is dark again.

When I was a kid, the early darkness and the cold of winter kept us inside after school. We watched TV or played in the cellar. If I had a book to read, it was my first choice though I would never turn down a game of Sorry. I don’t remember when our tree came down, but I think it probably was around New Year’s when my father had the day off. I do remember his struggle to get the tree out through our front door. All the while he wrestled with it, the tree dropped needles and pieces of icicles on the floor from the corner where it stood to the door. The rug looked like a road of needles. Clean up was never easy.

Okay, at one time I was an English teacher. I wince when I hear English turned on its head, upside down, a mishmash. It would be like a musician forced to listen to out of tune singers or instruments. This morning I got a chuckle from an article in the Cape paper about a man who stole a sword from a Revolutionary War statue forty years ago and wanted to return it. This quote is from Gaylord, the head of the historical commission. “Gaylord agreed to give the man anonymity if he returned the bronze sword and arranged for him to drop it off at her home along with his wife,” she said. I wonder what the man’s wife is thinking.

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8 Comments on ““Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’.””

  1. jan Says:

    OMG! WHOSE wife? “Her” home? Is Gaylord a woman? Wno is “she”? Now I’m really confused. REALLY, REALLY confused. I think i’ll take a nap, and maybe things will be better. Or not.

    • katry Says:

      Look at it as an English teacher. “She said,” told you Gaylord is a woman. She “arranged for him” tells you it isn’t Gaylord dropping off the sword but him, a male who has a wife. That should clear it all up.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The Lumberjack Song and the guy who stole the sword 40 years ago gave me a few chuckles. It was on the early morning news with a photo of someone I assumed to be the purloiner of the sword. What with winter clothing, covid masks, and having the tv monitor turned to dim, I couldn’t make out gender. Possibly it was Gaylord but it could easily have been the purloiner or his wife.

    The Christmas wreath on the door will probably be removed tomorrow or the next day. It’s pretty and it still smells lovely but it’s a bit difficult looking through it to make sure there are no coyotes about before I let the dogs out.

    It snowed up here. The snowflakes fell while observing excellent social distancing and disappeared as they reached the ground. My kind of snow. Picturesque without being inconvenient.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My article had no picture. It was just a few lines at the end of the page. I’m thinking it might be the purloiner as he was by himself after he left his wife there with the sword. (that gave me the English teacher a chuckle)

      I have a snowflake on my front door now. It has thin slats of wood in a wonderful snowflake shape. It is pained a light grey. It will stay ll winter.

      It is still raining here. We didn’t get any snow at all. It was an ugly day.

      Have a great evening!! Stay safe.

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    It felt good to be at the office all day teaching virtually and being away from the house. The weather was beautiful. Clear sky and temperatures in the low 60° range.

    I understand that the guy who stole the sword was returning it to Gaylord (a woman). He and his wife were going to drop it off at Gaylord’s house to maintain his anonymity. I think?

    As a kid I can’t remember what we did to amuse ourselves in the winter. I do remember going ice skating but nothing else comes to mind. I assume we watched a lot of TV and read books. I do remember trudging around in the snow. Queens is considered the forgotten borough of NYC. If two snow flakes fall in Manhattan the snow plows show up. In Queens they show up two or three days later if the snow hadn’t melted. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Meanwhile, I am still here in the house. I’m glad you got out for a while. It makes a big difference. Tomorrow I get to go to the dump. Hooray!

      Yes, he is returning it to Gaylord, the head of the Historical Commission. What struck me was the construction of his sentence. Looking at as grammar, his wife is also being dropped off with the sword.

      I also remember ice skating. They set up a rink in a local park. They put up a shack with benches and a wood stove. I left y shoes under the bench. We loved going there as it was free.

  4. Christer. Says:

    Cold and snowy over here. The high will be in the low 30s. It wouldn’t be that bad if we hadn’t that nasty biting norteastern wind. It was too nasty so we walked mostly in the forest today. I must admit that it did look rather pretty when the snow was falling.

    Perhaps the wif was happy for that move 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I suspect the wife would have been shocked. I think with computer programs for grammar and punctuation that proofreaders aren’t around anymore.

      It is cold here today but no snow is predicted.

      Enjoy your day!

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