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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, May 28, 2008  
Outing with Mother

I drove Mother to the dental hygienist today in Green Hills. Then the fun began! We went to the mall and shopped and bought and shopped some more. I have some new pink clothes, and Mother has new lime green clothes. We had a harder time finding shoes for her. Have you seen the new style of shoes? Some of them don't fit into my standards of comfort which is what I now go for. I used to be able to wear all kinds and styles of shoes with no problems. No more!

We ate lunch at the cafe in Davis-Kidd Booksellers and enjoyed it very much. I like Green Hills Mall and liked Bellevue Mall when it was thriving. I'm not sure what happened to it, but I think they are going to make it into one of those outdoor malls designed to resemble small town main streets. I LIVE in a small town with a Main Street! Why do I want to go to a mall where I have to keep driving around looking for a place to park, go in and out of shops in the rain or snow or heat, and not know where restrooms are? I wouldn't mind them if they had a cover over the street and closed off traffic so we could be free to walk around more comfortably.

Hill's Center, right next to Green Hills Mall, is an upscale "lifestyle center" as they are called. They tore everything down and built all new places. Some of the stores are Anthropologie, Swoozie, Francesca's Collections, West Elm, Jigsaw, Merrill Shoes, Posh, Snap, E.J. Sain Jewelers, Whole Foods, and Whole Body. Restaurants include P.F. Chang's Pei Wei, Zoe's Kitchen, California Pizza Kitchen, Take-Out Cafe, and Five Guys. I've been to Whole Foods but none of the other places yet.

Hill's Center: See how it looks like a small town street?

What about you? Do you like indoor malls or these outdoor ones better?

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