“Anything seems possible at night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.”

The morning is glorious. I first work up at 5:15 and went downstairs to open the door for the dogs. It was the best of Cape Cod early mornings and gave hint of the lovely day to come. The air was still night cool. The fog was just below the tops of the pine trees. The sky was still a bit cloudy. It was quiet except for the birds greeting the day. The dogs ran in the yard a bit then came inside. The three of us went back to sleep.

Last night Nala started to go down the stairs then I heard what I thought was her falling. It wasn’t. Running up the stairs was poor Jack being chased by Nala. I stopped Nala. Jack escaped. Nala went to the hole in the gate and looked through. Jack was sitting there defiant, just staring. Nala cried.

Today will be hot, 75˚. In Boston it is already 83˚and will hit 90˚. I’m glad I live here.

When I was a kid, I believed in UFO’s, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster not to forget the man with the hook. That they had never been seen made no never mind. They were good at hiding. The man with the hook appeared only at night. He scratched cars and windows before attacking. I know that was true. My father told me.

Summer nights have always been my favorites. I used to sit on the back steps and enjoy the coolness of the evenings. My house was on the corner of the street. It was a duplex. The backyard was at the bottom of a grassy hill. My house was one corner of a square, a right angle. There were two houses on the left and two houses on the right. There were three above the grassy hill. I remember the lights on at every house. Through screen doors I could hear muted voices and televisions. I was usually the only one still outside. I liked it that way. The night belonged to me.

When I was in Ghana, I went to Accra, the capital, just about every school vacation. I went out to restaurants, saw movies, shopped at High Street where the Hausa traders were and roamed the city. I was never afraid to walk at night usually back to the Peace Corps hostel. I chose to save the 20 pesewas of a cab ride. The streets were mostly quiet. The shops were shuttered. Men sat together outside talking. I never knew what they said. It was usually in Twi, the local tribal language. I did know how to say good evening in Twi, and I always did. Sometimes I was first while other times the men were. I loved those evenings.

My evenings are still quiet. I still savor the night.

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4 Comments on ““Anything seems possible at night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I guess your canine children are starting to figure out their territory and pecking order. Dogs are my favorite pets because they consider us part of their pack and we consider them part of our family. Cats on the other hand are more like pet fish. They’re happy to be fed and leave us alone. 🙂

    Today is partly cloudy with a chance for rain. We are in a wet cool weather pattern which is unusual for June in North Texas. The humidity is similar to our larger neighbor to the southeast, Houston. I was surprised to learn that the 2020 census has moved Ft. Worth up a notch from the 13th most populous city to number 12. Dallas is still larger at number 9. The entire metropolitan area is around 6.3 million people. 🙁

    It seems that the Air Force and NASA are seriously considering that unidentified flying objects might possibly be evidence of extraterrestrial intelligent beings. I’ve never seen an Unidentified Flying Object but I only have about 7,000 hours of flight time. I still don’t buy the Loch Ness monster, Big Foot, Sasquatch or the guy with the hook. Martians from the War of the Worlds movie still gives me nightmares. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Cats do not leave us alone. They demand pats and scratches. Mine sleep beside me on the bed, or used to before Nala. Gwen stands on the stairs and meows for attention. They are pets.

      Today had a wonderful breeze which kept it from feeling hot. It has stayed around 74˚ all day. June on the cape can be hot or cold depending on the day. We had quite a bit of rain in the last week. None is predicted for the next week.

      I think there may be life on other worlds. It is presumptuous for us to think we are the only ones. As for those creatures. I also doubt they exist but I kind of think there are creatures we never see.

      • Bob Says:

        The rain has held off and I spent the afternoon on the covered patio while my daughter and spouse went into the pool. It only reached the mid 80s under partly cloudy skies. Never having had cats I will defer to you on matters of cats.

      • katry Says:

        Today we will be you, in the mid-80’s. For us, that is way too warm for June.


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