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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, September 07, 2006  

Our county is doing one of those heritage books that I wasn't particularly interested in, but my cousin Debby eventually guilted me into working on. I started on it late, of course, and then wanted the entry for our family to be accurate. The sentence that sums up my life is, "You know, if I'd started on this sooner, I could have done a good job." I'm an ENFP on the Myers-Briggs, and my cousin Emily, who conducts seminars on it, said the "P" stands for pressure! So true! We put it on ourselves for sure. So this means that I've been totally engrossed in this during all my free time for the last couple of weeks. Fortunately, my cousin Beverly West and my friend Paige Walk the genealogist have researched the Pentecosts and shared that information with me. I couldn't have done this in so short a time without their help. Other cousins came to the rescue and answered questions and provided stories of their own. It's been good to be in touch. Mother was a valuable source of course, and we've been on the phone comparing notes and going over things constantly. It's made us want to do more of this for ourselves and to compile our own history. I want to find out more about the Raymonds, too.

After getting involved in the Pentecost history, I didn't want to leave out the Durhams and started on that one. Mother had most of the dates I needed, and phone calls to my Aunt Pauline gave more information. I want to go farther with that, too, and know that Uncle Jim researched our Durham genealogy, so I need to get copies of what he did. It all mushrooms and becomes a mystery to unravel. I'm looking forward to seeing the heritage book when it is available next year. Most of my ancestors came from England with the exception of a couple of Cherokees and someone Scottish. Otherwise, just about all English. I believe this requires a trip there again. I didn't get to stay long enough before.

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