Sunday, January 01, 2006

Hello 2006!

The earth has traveled around the sun once more. The moon has traveled around the earth 13 times. What we call a year has passed. My children are four, two, and three months. 2006 will see them turn five, three, and one. For many of us the months of big spending on Christmas gifts is done. It's time for those resolutions that we rarely keep. My own personal resolution is to do better with recycling. Our county no longer picks up recycling bins at the curb. We have to truck it to the recycling center ourselves. I bought some bins for us yesterday with all the crazy people buying Christmas wrapping paper and decorations at 75% off. (Will they remember where they put them? Will they remember to get them out?) What's the first item for the glass recycling bin? One champagne bottle--Egly-Ouriet. What's on for today? Bowl games, lunch with neighbors, cooking ham and cabbage soup, and parenting.

For the poem--let's try a William Wordsworth sonnet. You are all astute enough to understand the theme.

The World Is Too Much With Us
By William Wordsworth

The World is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. --Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn,
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea,
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

Don't know who Proteus is? Read this from Wikipedia.

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