“You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.” 

The day is ugly. The sky is filled with clouds. Showers are predicted.

Yesterday it rained for a few hours. I sat under the deck umbrella staying dry and watching the rain. I was delighted. After the rain, the day was quite cool but horribly humid. This morning, everything is still wet, and it spat rain for a while, an intermittent windshield wiper rain. I went out for coffee, and it was 66° then. It felt chilly. Hurrah! for chilly.

This morning, a couple of my mother’s sayings jumped out of my memory drawers. I was thinking of her because tomorrow would have been her 95th birthday. Anyway, if she caught any of us picking our noses she would ask, “Are you mining for gold?” If you whined and felt the world was against you, she would describe you as a sorrowful mystery, a bit of rosary trivia. That one is still used in my family though I suspect its religious origin might be hazy. It was from my mother is what we mostly remember.

My dance card is empty until Monday’s concert, songs of the 70’s. After that we have only one more Monday concert in the park. The summer is winding down at a quick pace. I almost feel the urge to buy school clothes.

My first grade teacher was Sister Redempta. She scared the heck out of me. If you did something wrong, she’d run down the aisle, her habit blowing behind her and let you have it. She’d yell right to your face. I remember kids crying after her onslaught.

My favorite teacher in elementary school was my sixth grade teacher Miss Quilter. I remember she wore thick glasses and appropriately modest dresses. She woke in me a love of learning. I will always be grateful to her.

I’m still binging on black and white movies from the 50’s. I’m now watching Attack of the Crab Monsters. It is wonderfully bad. The crab has eyes which don’t move, and it appears to be on a track as it has only forward mobility. The Professor is one of the actors. He is a radio operator. The only woman wears sweaters, as tight as the 50’s will allow, and what looks like capri pants. She makes all the meals, but she did scuba dive looking for the crab and followed the men into the cave on a rescue mission which failed. She ran fast out of that cave. The weirdest thing is the crab talks in the voices of its victims. At the end, the Professor sacrificed himself to kill the crab. Only one man and the woman in the sweater survived. I love this movie.

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4 Comments on ““You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.” ”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today is a typical August day with highs in the mid 90s, but the clear skies of morning are replaced by clouds which are beginning to build up. Maybe, I will get rain at my house again this week. We are 15 inches of rain behind for the year which is considered acute drought.

    My mother’s sayings also occasionally pop into my conciseness. She would threaten us by saying she would stick her head in the oven if we threatened her with some terrible misdeed. She would give us ones in Yiddish that came from her mother. One time I told her to go ahead, because we had an electric stove. 🙂

    Yes, summer is winding down. Some of the school districts have already started back to school this week. Our district starts on Monday. You know summer is winding down when school supply ads appear on TV. I’m a big fan of year round school, but the summer camp and vacation lobbies will always put their own economic interests ahead of educational excellence. I like summer more than the other seasons because of the longer days, the warm temperatures, and the summer vacations we don’t take. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We are also in an acute drought. Some of the state has the same classification as the cape while other parts are in a more moderate drought. We have no more rain predicted for a while.

      I love your mother threatening to stick her head into the electric oven. My mother just worked on guilt if we didn’t do what she wanted right away.

      Year long school won’t work here unless they put AC into the schools though some of our schools are too old for new construction. Also, restaurant and stores here rely on high school kids to work during the tourist season. Colleges now start early in September so many workers leave before Labor Day so places would have to close if high school kids were unavailable.

      Fall is my favorite season. The weather is still lovely and the tourists are gone.

  2. Rowen Says:

    Of course I knew who you meant by “the Professor.” 😉 I just looked up the movie and it sounds like a hoot.

    • katry Says:

      Rowen,
      I didn’t identify him on purpose. I knew some would get it. I’m glad you did. That movie is on my list for summer deck movies. The guest will have to be carefully chosen. That movie isn’t for everybody.


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