#1 - Harvested the first of what looks like about 20 butternut squash that grew by itself out of the compost. Today I made butternut squash soup. On Friday I plan to make Butternut Squash and Black Bean Lasagna. My sister-in-law took a couple and I have a few people in mind for a few more. That still leaves me about a dozen.
#2 - My Dad was telling me about a book about two WWII pilots. One of them was an ace German pilot. He saw this American plane that was all torn up and the people inside struggling. The German didn't think they'd make it back to England so he tried to motion for them to land in Sweden. They didn't understand and thought he must be out of ammunition. The German decided to escort them out to sea so that they didn't get attacked further and stayed above the American plane as their only gun that still worked was beneath.
Despite what appeared hopeless the plane made it back to England and the two men inside survived. This kind of story was censored however as they didn't want good/kind news about Germans to come out.
Decades later, the German lived in Canada and there was some sort of WWII gathering. He was hesitant to go as he expected to be the only German there. He went however and all the Americans treated him like a brother.
The German and American also met at some point many years later.
"Shows the pointlessness of war," my Dad said, "They should have all high schoolers read this book."
Despite my Dad saying this, I haven't known him to take the time to read a whole book so I thought he was summarizing what he'd heard from the friend who gave the book to him. But nope (#3) he did read the whole thing.
#4 - Having limited access to a car causes me to invent creative schemes that also have the by product of reduced emissions. Today or tomorrow I plan to bike over my soccer stuff to my friend's parents, who will drop it off at my friend's (where they are going anyway), who will drop it off at my sweet man's house (where my friend and I are meeting) so that I can bus from there to soccer without having to carry too much stuff. It's complex, but is also a skill, a muscle training me for some other complexities in life...
#5 - I love having a clothesline and during at least 6 months of the year, time my laundry with sunny weather. Despite this fact I found myself, once again today, rushing to get my clothes hung up. No matter that it was a beautiful day outside, no matter that the earth felt soft beneath my feet, nor the sun on my face, nor the cool air on my skin. I am getting this done so I can get to my next task. And yet, there is a space inside me that also knows, "You don't have to be like this. You could hang your clothes in another way."