“Patience is to wait for the ice to melt instead of breaking it.”

When I first opened my eyes, I saw sunlight through my bedroom window. I turned over and went back to sleep, but I should have gotten up then because when I finally did get out bed, the sun had disappeared. I was bummed. I need a bit of sun. It is cold, 29˚. There will be more snow flurries today. I did see a few earlier but they have since stopped.

Lo and Behold! The sun reappeared, and I could see a bit of blue behind the wispiest of clouds, but in this second go-around, the sun stayed only a while before it disappeared again, and I was bummed again, but it came back. I’m figuring the sun will do the same all day, be here then gone then here again. I’ll take it, this bit of sun.

When I was a kid, I loved the way the sunlight glistened on the top of the crisp, unsullied snow. It looked like tiny diamonds shining, but sometimes the snow tops were so bright, I had to block my eyes. I couldn’t see at first. It took a little time for my eyes to adjust. I remember thinking I’m blind.

I remember taking swimming lessons at the pool on the other side of town. My swimming technique needed a bit of polishing so I was happy for the lessons. I was attending girl scout day camp, and they bussed us to the pool. Bathing caps were required. I hated wearing one. It seemed to squeeze my head and voices echoed. I don’t think anybody looked good in a bathing cap except maybe Esther Williams.

When I was in Ghana, we swam in the ocean. I remember being with a few friends one Easter at a swim resort right on the water. We stayed the whole day. We ate, we swam and we explored. On a walk on the wet sand down the beach, one of us found a hard piece of a palm tree. We used it for a bat and played a bit baseball, but the fallen coconuts were a bit big for throwing so we tossed underhandedly. Baseball became softball. I remember I got the worst sunburn of my life that day. I also remember how great lunch was.

Henry has alerted me to an interloper. I opened the door and found Skip, my factotum. He is shoveling my walk which really doesn’t have much snow, but I worry about ice on the bricks and on the steps. He’ll do the car and then the back steps for Henry who walks gingerly up and down the stairs when he goes out. Right now Henry is still barking. He’ll settle down in a bit. I just have to patient.

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6 Comments on ““Patience is to wait for the ice to melt instead of breaking it.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Glad that you are enjoying what we had all last week. I’m sure Massachusetts is well prepared unlike Texas. May the force be with you. 🙂 Yesterday my wife, my daughter and I went in for our second Mederna vaccination. In the evening the injection site was sore as it was with the first shot. However, the antibodies that we got from the first shot went to work against the second shot. During the night I awoke to freezing chills and had to get an additional blanket even though it wasn’t cold at all. I slept late this morning because I felt terrible and had a low grade fever accompanied by lower backaches and dizziness I stayed in bed until about 24 hours after the injection and the symptoms went completely away. Both my spouse and daughter suffered similar symptoms.

    In the end of this deep freeze disaster, we had no broken pipes and we survived the blackout periods cold but unscathed. Not everyone was so lucky. Folks now have power but no potable water or no water at all. All the broken pipes in the streets, houses and businesses have reduced the pressure to nearly zero. A fire last night in an apartment complex burned all night because the fire department had no water pressure to it out.

    Whenever we went on a beach resort vacation, I never went into the ocean above my ankles. Who knows what creatures lurk in there or what sewage gets dumped from passing ships or from the third world countries where they are located. Give me a clean pool with plenty of chlorine any day.

    • Bob Says:

      BTW it’s 73° outside right now. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We are used to this weather. It is, after all, winter with all that season brings: snow and ice and cold. The sun did come out today, and I heard drips off the roof as the snow and icicles melted. It was never really warm but it was pretty day.

      I still can’t find vaccine near me or, for that matter, far away from me. The cape doesn’t have a mass vaccine site despite that it is the oldest county in the state and the third oldest in the country. Baker has blown this.

      No pipes were frozen during one storm which dumped inches of snow and took out the power which didn’t come back on for four or five days. I can’t believe the mess in Texas. Our pipes are buried deep to avoid them breaking in the front. I suspect that pipes may be too shallow in Texas.

      Ocean resorts keep the cleanest beaches. Their livelihood depends on it. I know cape waters are clean. I don’t think I would swim in the ocean off the cost of Ghana again.

  2. Birgit Says:

    I love to swim and learned it when I was young. Nowadays it’s a dangerous problem that many kids can’t learn to swim anymore. Towns like mine couldn’t afford to run their public swimming pools so meanwhile we only have a few left which had to close when Corona started. I hope at least these few will open again some time. (Speaking of corona, our 3rd wave has started, more infectious variants are spreading. Our government decided to speed it up, they force kids to go back to school from tomorrow on.)

    Long bike ride today, a lake, an 18th century graveyard and more. Flocks of geese and cranes are flying northwards. I probably shouldn’t mention that we’ve had perfect sunny and warm spring weather?

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      My father taught me when I was young, and the Girl Scouts honed my skills. My mother never learned to swim. I though that was a bit odd. No pools are open anywhere here, including motel pools.

      The number of cases has declined but not by much. The governor is now in a bit of trouble with his poor responses compared to other states. Charlie Baker was the most popular governor in the country and is a republican in a democratic state. but he has put himself in jeopardy by his inability to coordinate the state’s vaccine rollout.

      Kids in Boston go back to school this week. Here on the cape, the schools, K-7 especially, have not been on remote learning for a long time. I don’t know about the high schools, but I haven’t seen anything in the Cape paper.

      No, cross out your spring comment!!


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