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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.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006  
Busy Week

I actually made myself go to the gym Monday. I checked the places out Friday and decided on Powerhouse Gym. The certified fitness trainer there is in her 50's which is great for me since she understands about getting older. She is planning an exercise program for me with cardio and the weight machines that will condition me enough to do things to strengthen and build bones. I told her about the bone loss from chemo and Prednisone. Even though Dr. Ross said it was in the normal range, I don't like losing density and will be glad to do things to help that situation. I don't enjoy it so much yet but will eventually look forward to going since it does make me feel better already. I'm glad I finally made the effort and am going.

Mother and I had appointments with our dental hygienst in Green Hills yesterday. Then we went to Opry Mills to meet Melissa and Brendan for lunch and to watch him ride the carousel and play with the sting rays and in Barnes & Noble. After they went home, Mother and I walked all over the mall which is huge and checked out the stores. Mother said she missed shopping, so I need to do better with that. She misses her friend/cousin Joyce so much since Joyce was in the nursing home and then died. They had so much fun going places, shopping, and doing things together. We had some laughs and enjoyed exploring the mall. I had free tickets to a screening of Failure to Launch at 7:30 there at Opry Mills, so we ate sandwiches at Barnes & Noble before the movie. It was funny, predictable, and OK, and we enjoyed it for what it was - free!

We had another good day today. Mother's appointment with her eye specialist went well. Then I took her to Goody's, so she could shop there and the shoe store while I had a massage. I go every three weeks for the lymphedema in my neck and regular massage. When I picked her up, we went to Burns to take her income tax information to her accountant. Then we ate a delicious lunch at the Corner Bistro. The food there is so good!

I'm working all day tomorrow and Friday at the vitamin center. Another week that is going by too fast.

9:29:00 PM

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