A normal day

photoflooded river

If I ever become a Turkish-like president with total power, the first thing on the agenda would be to ban religious Easter and Christmas holidays, and replace those with having ‘normal days’.  I have never understood that the birth of a baby in the manger surrounded by poor unemployed people while breathed over by animals with the nailing and crucifixion of that same grown-up baby years later should be cause for holidaying and partying. No wonder the  world is so mixed up. When or why did those fondants, chocolate eggs make their entrée? Why not rye-bread or herrings? We would all be so much healthier!

You can always tell when those events come close. Shoppers get nervous and stock up on Nuroven pain relief tablets, chocolate, different stripy sugar sticks, and stool softening medications. Kids sky-high on chocolate-eggs and slushies, go on a skate-boarding rampage. I was nearly killed by a skate-board riding kid yesterday while walking along with Milo. He could not have seen me. His vision obscured by such a voluminous hair jungle, I wondered if it held monkeys. How could he find his way around?  Our grandsons too have skate-boards. They go to town carrying them about. It signals that they too are part of this group and to be reckoned with. I gave them a talk-to, be careful around the elderly, not to try and kill them. The elderly  have a right to a life and footpath too. They did try and listen but I noticed their thoughts going off at a tangent. That’s normal too.

Here in Bowral, autumn is mid-way and at its best. Busloads of Chinese tourists disgorge themselves, and were seen to take selfies with a Liquid Amber or a Claret Ash in the back ground. The ochre-coloured massive Oak trees near our place groaning under the weight of dying foliage. Its raining with leaves, soon to get picked up by giant Council vacuuming machines. Tons of leaves will return in mulch and used in spring when the cycle starts all over again. This is what I like about ‘normal’ days.  Time doesn’t stand still. It goes on.

Perhaps after all those years, I have come to accepts the noise of those mechanical gardening devices. Gutters are being sucked out, pavements are being blown free of leaves, the lawnmowers on their last mow now. Edges trimmed once more. The much beloved nature strip will soon become quiet and its grass asleep. Tomorrow at the crack of dawn, the garbage trucks will rattle along picking up the bins. It is normal and so life affirming.

On the advice of my dentist to get a yearly check-up I made an appointment with a doctor at 3pm. I wonder what they will find wrong? The dentist (Craig) reckons a yearly blood test should be performed regularly when getting older. Helvi admonished me and said; “You go to get a check-up because of the dentist? Yet I have told you repeatedly to get a check-up. What is wrong with you?”

It is all so normal.

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15 Responses to “A normal day”

  1. petspeopleandlife Says:

    It is approximately mid-spring here. It seems that you are a world away and that is about right. Things are so different in Australia. The photo that you took of Helvi standing by the stream is a good one. It looks cool and very wet there.

    Some things I can identify with and others I can not. The long hair for youngsters is not so popular anymore where I live. The hair thing is about head shaving or odd hair cuts that make the head look- out of shape. 🙂

    I do hope your dental appointment goes well. Getting a blood check-up is a good idea. The dentist can see if your white count is too high and thus determine if you have an underlying gum/tooth infection. Among other things. 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      This long hair is selective around the head, often just grown on one side. It falls over the other side of the head and this can only be rectified by a flicking of the head so that the mop of hair restores vision from both eyes. It is high fashion amongst many skate-board riders.
      You are right; they are odd hairdo’s. None the less, that’s youth’s right and I deplore private schools that prohibit youngster to chose own hair fashions. The same as I deplore school identifying school uniforms.
      I thought part of educating was to allow children to chose own individual path through life. Why can’t they chose to wear what they want? Especially now that the torn impoverished look is haute couture and very expensive.
      The doctor’s visit threw up a surprise. I have swollen thyroid glands and the doctor urged me a blood test within an hour and a thorough imaging of my neck and throat which will happen to day.
      The dentist (Craig) thought he could see something funny going on at the back of my mouth.
      Things are at a medical fever-pitch, Ivonne.

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      • petspeopleandlife Says:

        Good grief, Geraard. It is a good thing Helvi told you to go to the dentist. I am sending good karma for a favorable outcome for your medical problems. Think positive energy. Take care Gerard.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        The imaging at the hospital did not show much but that is for the doctor to decide. The expert doing the x-ray imaging did not say oooh, or acted in any concerned way.
        THe blood tests and the X-ray pictures of my neck and throat are now at the doctor which I will see tomorrow at 3pm.
        I will take care. Thank you for your concern, ivonne. Much appreciated.


  2. shoreacres Says:

    Your comment about the leaf-picking-up reminds me of a wonderful musing from Annie Dillard, who says,

    “Nature is, above all, profligate. Don’t believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place? This deciduous business alone is a radical scheme, the brainchild of a deranged manic-depressive with limitless capital. Extravagance! Nature will try anything once.”

    I laughed the first time I read that, and I still laugh. I’m all for true extravagance — which is taking place all around us, even on so-called normal, or ordinary, days. I’m not sure there is such a thing as a normal day. I’ll ponder that this morning, while I’m at my own dentist’s appointment. 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Linda. Dentist visits can put up surprises. It will certainly keep me off the street for the time being. I have now a diary filled with doctor and hospital appointments and that’s apart from Craig the dentist.

      I can saunter to the hospital which is almost next door. I am on friendly nodding terms with the large ambulance division people who often have a nice latte at the hospital café.

      We also have helicopter landings in the local park when a patient needs to be transferred to another larger hospital.
      Milo goes nuts when the helicopter flies close above our roof. Perhaps he thinks it is a larger than usual possum. Who knows?
      My days are super normal and I am excited.


      • shoreacres Says:

        Here I am — living, breathing proof that a trip to the dentist can be survived! It really was a great day. It rained and stormed all day long, which was the perfect setting for a dental visit, and getting my taxes mailed off. What’s not to like?


  3. stuartbramhall Says:

    I can’t believe our public library was open here on Easter Sunday! (they were closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday). This was definitely a first, especially as our council is steadily cutting library services. I suspect New Zealand may be a much more secular country than Australia, with only about 10% of our citizens participating in organized religion. It’s always been the labour unions, rather than the religious community, pushing these holidays for their workers.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Even more surprising was that on ‘Good Friday’ (Good?) a very large super market, named Farmers Market was open here in Bowral. It also has a large café attached to it. It was doing a roaring trade. People sat outside eating pizza and sipping lattes. It was joyful. And why not?

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  4. bkpyett Says:

    I hope the doctor is able to put your mind at ease, Gerard.
    As for these holidays, I love to have family visits and wouldn’t want to stop the holidays for that reason alone!!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I am sure that family visits will always remain important at any time and I hope they will not just be restricted to holidays only. I do remember my mum (with six children) always looking forward with great relief when schools started again.

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  5. Christine Says:

    You’re throwing off at Easter, Gerard? That’s a shame.

    It’s certainly a special – holy? – time to many people, all over the world. My Filipina friends are heart-warmingly devout; I respect their faith and their goodness. They were surprised that Ascot, W.A. held a race meeting on Good Friday. Some may rejoice.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I apologize for any hurt caused by my remarks about the religious aspects of Christian holidays, Christine.
      I might have looked at all the world’s misery mainly caused by religious intolerance but then, by my own remarks, became just as guilty of intolerance.
      It’s not easy. I am sorry.

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  6. elizabeth2560 Says:

    I think all the Easter and Christmas festivities are a marketing gimmick. However, it is a good excuse to get together with friends and loved ones.
    I hope you got a free pass from your doctor. Keep well

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, it’s the marketing as a commercial enterprise that is now dominant above all else. Getting together with family and friends is still free. Thank goodness for that.
      The doctor gave me the all clear. Dentist next.

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