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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.
Thursday, August 24, 2006  
Generation Connect

Ronni Bennett chronicled an exchange between Millie and the creators of a cartoon wishing her 81st birthday greetings on her blog and wrote about how the generations communicate through our blogs. It's an interesting post and the videos are entertaining and sweet. I thought about how some of us have been communicating intergenerationally and internationally through our blogs for the four years I've been writing mine. First of all, former students Amy Nickens and Ariel Dunham encouraged me to do it and then helped me with it. Friends and family members read and comment on here and have been from the beginning. Then Alistair Coleman joined in and brought me in touch with his readers and friendships formed with people I've never met. So this isn't news to me because my life has had people of all generations included in it since I taught school. Now blogging just gives us another outlet to keep in touch and to meet people. I love it and look forward to what's coming next!

I don't know if other parents experience this or not, but an added benefit/problem is learning about events in your children's lives on their blogs instead of from them directly. Almost always this is great, but there are times I'd like to have heard about something in a conversation. Blogs are just another means of communication and why we do them. It's good to have all these methods, and I wish we'd had cell phones, email, etc. when he was in college instead of only that phone in the hall of his dorm. To his credit, my son does keep in touch and calls just to talk (often with the added pleasure of the little beamish grandboy usually in the background). Wow, what timing! The phone just rang, and it's Brian!

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