Thursday, October 16, 2008

Turning the Corner?

I think I'm finally getting a little better. When I woke up this morning, I didn't look like a crypt-keeper and I didn't feel like I was two steps from death. That's definitely an improvement! I've also finally got some voice back today, which is long overdue. It has been really hard to control children without being able to raise my voice! I've also had a lot less patience, owing to feeling so miserable.

I recently discovered a really diverting new pastime. I found a toy laser and have been making the light dance all over the floor. Jasper goes absolutely nuts trying to catch it! If I turn off the laser light, he sniffs around trying to hunt down the light. The best part is when I shine the light on Jasper's side. He runs in rapid circles trying to catch it!

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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"