***This post is a follow up to First of the Fall
In “First of the Fall,” I shared that Lady J and I were planning to enjoy the first day of fall.
And we did!
First, we went to the Hamlet of Subway in order to secure provisions for a leisurely lunch in the park.
After examining their menu, we decided to purchase a portion of roasted beast atop flattened bread-replete with any number and kind of vegetables from the farmer’s harvest.
Best believe we added a tankard of sweet tea and a bag of chips 😉
I’m partial to salt and vinegar! Lady J opted for BBQ kettle chips.
After leaving the good people at Subway, Lady J and I began a journey that ended at a local park.
There we commenced to enjoy our meal and take in the day.
But, alas, a bell began to toll!
Lady J was immediately startled-yet intrigued!
What, pray tell, was that ruckus?
Naturally, I told her that it was the town’s bell informing the villagers that the time was, indeed, 12:00!
After the 12th stroke, Lady J queried, “Aren’t you glad that it’s 12:00 in the day and NOT 12:00 midnight?”
To which I immediately responded, “I know right?!”
But, then, a strange thing happened.
Another bell in the village began to strike 12.
Then, shortly after that one stopped, yet another!
Methinks the bells are out of sync!
What to do?
Oh well! We decided that it might be best to consult with The Lord of I-Phone.
And, to Lady J’s point, we were able to happily confirm that it was 12:00 midday and NOT 12:00 midnight.
At any rate, the conversation took a slight shift to the days of yore when nightfall was, indeed, a very scary time. In fact, we rode that train of thought right into tales of the nightwatchmen who were tasked with walking about the town in order to insure the safety of the community.
No street lights.
No cell phones.
Just a man with a candle or lantern and maybe some sort of primitive contraption for self defense–or as Lady J said, “A stick!”
Predecessors to law enforcement!
After giving it some thought, we both concluded that neither of us were cut out for such a task.
Apparently neither are some of them dirty police out there shooting innocent Black men dead for no reason…
But I digress.
The ladies agreed that the time had come to take leave of the park.
And thus ended a wonderful conversation and a lovely lunch.
Have you guys ever heard of the Nightwatchman of Rothenburg in Germany? I saw Rick Steves raving about it.
Has anybody been on that tour or a similar one?
I am definitely going to put a nightwatchman tour on my bucket list! I love stuff like that!
I told y’all I was a geek! LOL!