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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.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006  
Senior Day at Kroger

The first Wednesday of each month senior citizens get 10% off the grocery purchases. I never seem to remember this but accidentally went by this last Wednesday to do some shopping and pick up a prescription. I'm going to write it in my appointment book, so I can do my main grocery shopping that day. I have one of those gift cards I keep adding to that donates money to the Creek Wood baseball team, so I put a certain amount in it each month to use for groceries and gas.

While I was there, I had some odd conversations. Maybe because it's senior day. That would do it. I was standing in the bacon and sausage section looking for some andouille because I like to include it in some bean soup I make. This senior citizen man came up to me and asked if I'd tried some kind of bacon he held in front of me. Is this the caliber of pick-up line I'll be hearing now? We discussed bacon a while and then he moved on.

Then another man in one of those riding cart things told me the best smoked sausage was Eckrich and explained why. I decided to buy some and then cabbage to go with it. Men and pork products. Who knew?

The rest of the time was fairly unproductive until I got to a display of make-up marked down 75%. The woman looking at it while I was told me about this lipstick that stayed on really well. She said, "You can kiss your husband, drink coffee, it's still there." I told her I'd have to kiss her husband since I didn't have one. She laughed and said by all means I shouldn't buy any then.

Kroger = hub of my social life.

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