“Oh, my sweet Saturday, I have been waiting for you for six long days. “

Rain was predicted, a shower, but this morning so far belies that prediction. The breeze is wonderful and cooling. The high will be 74˚. The sky is a light grey. The sun was here earlier but has since disappeared. I have plans to go out today, to the dump and to Agway. I just have to rev up enough energy.

Saturdays were the best days when I was a kid. The whole day was mine, and I always spent it wisely having fun and exploring. I knew all the streets in my town. I had my favorites. The street behind the town hall had the horses’ barn. I used to stand outside and checked the horses through the door. I always wished for a closer look. To get to the zoo, I always biked around Spot Pond which was a reservoir. I could see a small island from the road, and I dreamed of sneaking there and camping. That I had no boat and no camping equipment didn’t stop me from dreaming. My first view of the zoo was the rocky, grassy enclosure with mountain goats and some deer. The zoo was small, but I was a kid and didn’t notice. The animals held my attention. My favorite was the elephant. The Girl Scout Camp was in the woods across from the zoo. I used to go into the pine woods, follow the wide path and come out in the next town, on the Fellsway Way. I rode home from there.

My house in Ghana was up the hill just a short way from town. I used to borrow a bicycle and ride to the market. Downhill was easy. Uphill was a chore. I usually walked the bike part way home. Sometimes I took the school’s bus into town when the driver was picking up the mail, but I’d have to walk home. Usually, though, someone stopped and offered me a ride. I never turned them down. Most people in town knew me. I was one of only a handful of non-Ghanaians, of Europeans as the Ghanaians called any white people, who lived in Bolga. I never rode that bike anywhere except to town. If I needed to go further, I usually took a mammy lorry.

One year when I was much older, I think in my thirties, my parents bought me a bicycle for my birthday. I rode it on the bike trail to P-Town a few times. It was a long but pretty ride. I remember getting off the trail and going down some streets thinking they were a shortcut. I actually got lost on the back, unfamiliar roads, but I kept riding. I remember being cold and a bit nervous. It was getting dark. I finally came out at a spot I knew and hightailed it home.

My bike is still in the cellar. I haven’t used it in a long while. I like to think I might just haul it out of the cellar, jump on it, pedal and go for a long ride.

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8 Comments on ““Oh, my sweet Saturday, I have been waiting for you for six long days. “”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hello Kat,

    The sky is clear and the high temperature is predicted to reach 95°. Thankfully our upstairs AC is now working again. Today, we drove to the cemetery to pay our respects to my father-in-law and my wife’s grandfather for father’s day. Traditionally Jews don’t leave flowers but place a rock or stone on the grave or headstone. Then we picked up Chinese food. 🙂

    Saturday’s, when I was a kid I would go to the movies. The theater would show a double feature plus several cartons and shorts. My mother would give me a quarter and I always boufht both popcorn and a candy. After the movies it was back home and into a swimming pool. Sounds like a plan for today. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It stayed mostly cloudy all day but no rain, maybe tonight. I did turn on my AC for a bit in the afternoon as I had done a bit of cleaning and was hot and sweaty. It was nice. I have since turned it off and opened windows. I can feel it is getting cooler. It will go down to the high 60’s.

      Your temperature is ridiculous, and it isn’t even officially summer yet.

      I knew about the stones. My sister lives isn the same town where both of my parents are buried. She has been wonderful in putting flowers on their grave for special days.

      There were no Saturday movies in the summer. We had to entertain ourselves in other ways, but I was never bored.

      I did nothing constructive today!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Summer, sun and soccer. Life is good.

    I use my bike nearly every day, summer or winter, twice today. Not vaccinated yet I still avoid public transport if possible. Two weeks ago we went on motorways to protest against bad biking infrastructure, about 3000 bicycles instead of only motorized traffic, it was fun. I ride for decades and don’t mind anarchy biking but many of our streets are too dangerous for kids on bikes, it’s a shame they have to miss this kind of freedom and independence.

    I’d say get that bike out of the cellar but I worry about “falling”-songs on KTCC 😉

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Here I would substitute baseball for soccer. I’m watching the game right now.

      Knock on wood, but I haven’t fallen in a long while. I am careful always and now especially around Nala who just runs and even tries to pass me on the stairs. I won’t test the streak on a bike.

  3. Rowen Says:

    Wonderful Juneteenth music, Kat!

  4. Christer. Says:

    Cool morning here but now the heat is back. They’ve promised rain and thunder so I hope at least the rain part is right 🙂 🙂 I can see on the live lightning map that the front is coming closer and closer, perhaps I should take a loom outside and mv e things that might blow away when the thunder winds arrive?

    So Nala does what my dogs always have done, try and pass in the stairs. They’ve pushed me down a couple of times but so far nothing worse than a sour arm afterwards, well I had to stray at home from work one day but I don’t see that as a negative 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Happy Suimmer Solstice! (normally I would write midsummer but we won’t celebrate it until next Friday 🙂 )

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I have the air conditioner humming. It is 84˚ today, the hottest day so far. I’m doing house stuff so I was really hot. Now I’m taking a break so I can cool down some and have a cold drink.

      Henry waits for me. Nala is still a crazy puppy. I fall down enough on my own so I really don’t need her passing me on the stairs.

      Thank you!! How wonderful it is the longest day of the year. I will post Solstice songs tomorrow.

      Have a great week!!


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