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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 14, 2005  
Out and About

Linda came down today from Nashville for an appointment with Jim for reflexology. Then we went to lunch, shopping, and a movie. What's not to like about being retired? We went to House Blend for lunch and then to Studio 123, the Pink Hydrangea, Lowe's, and a few other place for shopping. We saw Dreamer, which we liked and cried through. Sure, it was fairly predictable and manipulative, but I was in the mood for a movie like that and enjoyed it. Good cast and good acting and moving story. After the movie we went to Silver Spoon. I told Linda that Jackie probably wouldn't have any crème brûlée since she hadn't made any for a while. It's Linda's favorite dessert. When we went in, Jackie said she'd been wishing I would come in and that she wanted to call me because she had crème brûlée that hadn't sold and wanted to give them to me!! So I shared them with Linda, and we bought something. They have deals at the Roxy on Mondays where seniors get a free small popcorn and drink which comes out to more than the cost of the movie for seniors.

I was riding high on my good fortune, feeling as if things were going so well! Then when I called the number for the recording at the court clerk's office, I found out I have to report for jury duty tomorrow. Maybe I'll luck out again and not be chosen. Last week would have been fine to be on a jury, but Brian and Brendan are planning to come down tomorrow. I called Brian and will let him know as soon as I can (lunch break, I guess) what's going on since he has an appointment down here at 2:00, and I was going to keep Brendan so he could make it. Now we don't know. Wish I could exchange the free food karma for not being a semi-finalist, finalist, or winner in the jury selection. Bummer!

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