Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Week Improves

In case anyone was wondering, things have improved vastly today. My AC got fixed this evening and Mindy is completely over her diarrhea. Huzzah! I was beginning to wonder just how much more I could take before cracking - glad I didn't have to find out. Of course, poor Mindy was simply filthy from her bout of illness, so I gave her a thorough bath tonight. She didn't appreciate it nearly as much as I did.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"