“Be Prepared.”

Happy Spring!

I set my alarm to get up to greet the sun but nobody told the sun. It was gray and cloudy. I sighed and turned over and fell back to sleep. When I woke up a few hours later, it was sunny. Right now it is 44˚. The high will be 48˚. and without the wind, it feels warmer. I’m staying in today as I have no place I need to go. The dump is scheduled for tomorrow.

When I was a kid, I loved spring. I loved shedding the layers of clothes for my light jacket, my spring jacket. It didn’t matter if the morning was cold, I was determined to wear that jacket once the seasons changed. My mother did convince me to add a sweater one morning when there was a late frost.

When I was seven, I became a Brownie. My mother brought me to Jordan Marsh where there was a section selling Girl and Boy Scout equipment and clothing. We bought my Brownie uniform, the brown round beanie and a brown belt with a small coin purse attached. On the purse and the beanie was the Brownie logo, a sort of joyful, dancing sprite. My mother sewed my troop number on the sleeve near the shoulder. My troop used to meet in the cellar of the school which had a bench around three walls, high small windows and the girls’ bathroom. On troop days we could wear our Brownie uniforms instead of our school uniforms. I was always so proud. I remember we marched in the Memorial Day parade, a really home town parade filled with a few floats, Girl and Boy Scouts, little league teams on the back of trucks and the high school band and cheerleaders. A family story is still being told to my chagrin. It seems when I got home from my first parade I told the family that everyone was out of step but me.

I remember Fly-Up Day. It was a ceremony when we Brownies became junior Girl Scouts. Even parents came. We received actual badge wings to put on our Girl Scout sashes right at the top. The gold wings had a green background and were symbolic of our flying to the next Girl Scout level. Our uniforms were green. Our hats were green with a white trefoil on the front inside of which was a GS in white lettering. We wore a sash to hold our badges. I remember the thick Girl Scout Handbook. It had all the requirements for each badge. I remember the rows of the badges I earned. I remember becoming a senior scout. I was so proud.

I have a hat collection. I have my Brownie hat and my worse for wear Girl Scout hat. They carry so many memories.

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2 Comments on ““Be Prepared.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today is the perfect day here for the vernal equinox. The sun is shining brightly with a high temperature predicted for 67° with light winds. A perfect spring day. Sunrise was at 7:32 and sunset will be at 7:39. Not exactly equal but close enough. 🙂

    Today would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. I always wonder how different things might have been had she lived longer than my 13 years. Happy birthday mom, wherever you are. 🙂

    Spring brings the many joys of baseball, backyard cookouts, vacations and renewal. By the middle of summer we will all be complaining about the excessive heat. Hopefully, everyone will get vaccinated by summer and we can return to some semblance of normalcy. I’m getting tired of going out and eating in the car. 🙁

    President Biden reached his goal early by having 100 million vaccinations in people’s arms in less than 100 days. By May first there will be enough vaccine for every adult in the country. The stimulus money has hit bank accounts and the IRS moved tax day to May 15th. These are all positive signs of good things to come. I’m going to keep all my comments positive on this beautiful Saturday.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It is in the high 40’s, and the air has a bit of a chill but it isn’t cold. It is just spring here as usual.

      Losing a mother so young must have been hard. I suspect your life would have been different having her around until you were older.

      I’ve started watching spring training games to get myself in a baseball mood. My deck is always my summer place. It is also the movie theater which didn’t open all of last summer. If there is a breeze anywhere, my deck gets it.

      I’m with you in being positive.

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