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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Saturday, September 21, 2002  
Good Day

Yesterday was fun. Wayne and Marian, friends from the Navy days, had been in Missouri visiting his parents and on their way home to Atlanta. They called to see about stopping off here. It was great to see them again, and we had a good visit. We had a close group of friends then, and I'm still in touch with them. We don't see each other often, but when we are in contact, we pick up and do well. We bonded really well and did all kinds of things together. They are a wonderful group of friends.

Melissa sent me a picture of the ultrasound of the baby. How exciting! Fortunately, it was labeled. They are going to find out what gender it is when the time comes. So far everything is going well. This baby is already loved and welcome, and all of us in the family say we can't wait to meet the baby and see what its like. We love Brian and Melissa so much and are excited about a combination of the two of them that they bring up. It's so exciting!

Kathy and I have noticed how much is genetic that no one would imagine, and I can see a lot about her that is like me and others in my family. I can see it some with her children (my grandchildren) too.

I'm going to try to get thank-you notes written today. My mind hasn't been that alert, so maybe now I can make sense. Hope you all have a good weekend!

8:44:00 AM

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