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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.
Monday, November 28, 2005  
Brave and Undaunted

Brendan had dental reconstruction surgery this morning at the Tennessee Christian Medical Center in Madison. He had quite a bit done and did really well. It's scary when a child that young has to go through something like that. Melissa explains it really well here. I got to his room around 7:30 and saw him in his little aqua hospital gown. Melissa said he was beginning to freak out from all the strange people coming in and doing things to him and was glad I got there when I did to provide a familiar face. He started dancing around entertaining us and was fine with the nurse and anesthesiologist. They were wonderful there and explained things so well and were great with him. His surgery was at 8:00, and they got to go home at 1:30. We're really thankful for the care they took of him and for Brendan!

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