2018 Life Logs, Day 106—Patriots’ Day
Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Buckets of Rain; High Temp 53, Low 40 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA
The third Monday of April is Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts. This is an official state holiday commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord. The observance of this holiday began in the 1960’s, but the Boston Marathon which is run on the same day, began in 1897. This day is also the beginning of the spring school vacation week here in Falmouth. So today was a big day. Jonah, Ollie, and I began our day attending a Woods Hole Oceanographic sponsored film, “The March of the Penguins.” This was shown in the auditorium in Redfield, the building in which Jed works. He and Sam were in Jed’s lab working on a school science project while we watched the film. A block away, Heather was at work in her office. The film was about Emperor penguins and their annual march inland, away from the sea, to where they mate and raise their young. It was beautifully presented, and who doesn’t love penguins? After the film, a penguin scientist shared his research with us and answered questions. Great way to start the week. Then we all converged on the Captain Kidd for lunch. After lunch, we all headed to the cottage, the little house that I will soon occupy. I wanted to get Heather and Jed’s opinion on just how hard it would be to lay wood laminate flooring. They have done this and their input was very helpful. Unfortunately, it will be harder and more time consuming that I had hoped. So, I am going to look into other alternatives. Stay tuned on that one.
It was a rainy, rainy day here, but that doesn’t stop little boys. While Heather, Jed, and I were in the cottage discussing flooring, the boys were exploring. They tromped through the woods next to the cottage and down to the water where they found a little peninsula that is dry at high tide. And, of course, they insisted on taking all of us on a tour. We all went to the dock where I can keep a small boat and kayaks. I wanted Jed to check the integrity of the dock, but boys are also very useful in that department. They jump, leap, and shake everything making sure it is secure. But we had a visitor today . . . a swan who watched every move we made. Later when we walked out on the peninsula, I saw the reason why the swan was so ‘watchful’. I saw a second swan sitting on what looked like a nest just across from the dock. I think our visitor was a male watching over things. It will be interesting to watch this couple in the next few weeks.
Jonah and Ollie then went home with me for the rest of the afternoon. As we walked from the parking area to my apartment, it was pouring rain and Jonah was singing, “Singin’ in the Rain.” He loves watching snipits from old musicals on YouTube and this is one of his favorites. So, he insisted that we get an umbrella. We did and then he assigned roles to Ollie and I and he staged a full production in the yard. By this time, it was really pouring rain, but I played my role as the policeman from the movie scene. A guy who lives here walked by us and asked me what in the world we were doing. I simply replied, “Singing in the Rain.” And he replied, “Good day for that.”