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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, December 13, 2006  
Dickson County vs The Mountain

I went to the Signal Mountain Middle School band and choir concert last night since both my granddaughters were in it. They did well with Kari in the 6th and Kelsey in the 8th grade bands. Here we have our band and choir concerts in the school auditoriums. There for middle and elementary schools, they perform in the Tivoli Theatre downtown. It's a beautiful, ornate, historic theater which made it quite an experience. Signal Mountain is the Brentwood of Chattanooga, so this makes sense. It's also the best public school system in Hamilton County, so I'm glad that's where they attend. I had a great time getting to be with Kathy, Mark, and the kids. That's always such a pleasure!

It rained most of the way on my drive there but was fine coming home. I began the retired teachers meeting and left early. Unfortunately I had to leave before the Creek Wood choir performed. I got to see some of my former students but was sorry to miss hearing them sing. Rachel White does a good job teaching and directing them. I told the members that a year from now no one will remember if I presided or not except Pat (the vice-president) but that my granddaughters would remember if I missed their band concert. They nodded their heads and agreed with me.

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