It’s a beautiful mornin’, Ahhh,
I think I’ll go outside a while,
An jus’ smile.
Just take in some clean fresh air, boy!
Ain’t no sense in stayin’ inside
If the weather’s fine an’ you got the time.
The Rascals “Its a Beautiful Morning” written by: Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati
I had business downtown in our fair city and Dr Week has prescribed walking as the antidote to my weak back despite my propensity to fall (He is arguing in favor of the walker, Dr Wendler is proposing. ack!) So I prepared myself to trudged up the hill and back down.
What a beautiful morning! The tropical heat and humidity that was still lingering through the rainstorms the day before is gone. The air has become light and silky and the sky is wide and a luminous blue. The birds were singing as if they were preparing for a dozen different operettas. The flowers were perky and colorful.
The new glasses I got that are for distance only rather than the trifocals I generally wear work much better for this walking along the streets business. I actually managed to avoid all the potholes in my neighborhood. I could look at my feet without getting vertigo! I didn’t fall.
I noticed that they have Mifflin Street west of Broom Street all torn up and are going to get rid of the all the potholes in there and replace some plumbing as well it looks like. I hope they are burying the telephone and electric lines while they are at it. That makes everything look so much nicer and it all works so much better as well.
This was the first time I had ever been to our new Dane County Courthouse. What an unusual yet dignified building that is. I wholeheartedly approve. I especially approve of the hole in the wall. It’s somehow symbolic I think of the hole that is often in people’s lives when they come to the halls of justice. That is where that hole will be found and guilt established, justice rendered; lives mended by restitution; marriages performed and set asunder; children freed from the slavery of abuse and children adopted into loving families; deeds to homes registered. So much happens in a courthouse.
On my way home I walked down West Main Street past St Raphael’s Cathedral. Such a beautiful old historical building and such a tragedy to lose it to an arsonist. The sun was shining through the roof at an angle through the blue and yellow stain glassed windows when I turned back to take a look at it and it was gorgeous there in the beautiful summer morning.
I remembered hearing that a decision had been made to rebuild St Raphael’s but where had not been decided. I wonder if they will tear this ruins down. It’s too beautiful to tear down. I hope it stays just the way it is. It’s more holy than it was when it was whole.