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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.
Saturday, December 09, 2006  
Time Flies

Or as Townes Van Zant used to say, "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." Sorry. I can't help myself.

I can't believe it's been a week since I posted on here. What have I been doing? Working! That's what! I have my homebound student I'm teaching a few times a week and go almost to the end of Spencer Mill Road to her house. It's a pretty drive, and I listen to an audio book since it takes almost thirty minutes one way. I've discovered Walter Mosley and enjoy his writing. I worked at the vitamin store all day Wednesday and half a day Thursday. Paige and I went to the library in Bellevue Tuesday where I got some more books (page-turning and audio) by Walter Mosley, Louise Erdrich, and Robert Parker. I'm all set now. I listen to them when I do quiet housework and iron. They are also nice to listen to when I have trouble getting to sleep since it's like having someone read me a bedtime story. We do what we can, right?

After homebound Friday, I bought a new dryer. My old one is 36 years old and is avocado which tells you something! I definitely got my money's worth out of it and am looking forward to one that is more energy-efficient and has new features on it that I'm not used to. This one is white and matches my washer which is around 20 years old or so but still works. I'll replace it when I have to.

Next week is going to be even busier. We have a retired teachers meeting which I will begin presiding over and then leave early since I'm going to Kelsey's band concert. No one at the meeting will remember how long I'm there, but my granddaughter would remember if I didn't attend her concert. I want to be there and enjoy it. Mother always went to Brian's activities with me, and it meant so much.

What about you? Have you decorated, baked, shopped, wrapped, and gotten ready for Christmas? I'm still not gung-ho about it, and it's almost here. I need to get in gear. Mostly I enjoy being together and enjoying each other now more than anything else. That's what I like so much about Thanksgiving and wish Christmas were more like that. I'm not Scroogish, just something else.

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