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Everything in its Place – Draft

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Everything in its place,
Or maybe the trash
Where it will be drained
Maybe tragically
Of purpose.
The plaything of rats
And millennia of decay.

Hundreds of wingnuts
(and myriad bolts which seem inexplicably to not fit them)
Padocks forever clenched,
Combinations maybe written on a notepaper
In a distant school
in a far away grade
By children who are ours only in that they once were.

And brads – we keep brads
Not having the kind of art hung with much more
This might have held a terrible print
Or a framed work of art
By a fifth-grader who now is learning to drive.
It doesn’t have the paint or the canvas
Only the plaster from which
It was ripped.

The batteries and the extra screwdrivers
Are easy to sort out.
The tape seems to have ensnared
Hundreds of tiny screws and paperclips
The dirt of the garage floor.
And maybe the glitter from that
Halloween when she was a princess
Or an 80s glam rocker.

How do we sort that out?

Do we keep the extra bulbs for the Christmas light string
(have we ever replaced a bulb?
Or do we just plan to,
Standing in the aisle,
Buying new sets, three-for-two)
And if we don’t – keep them – do we lose the
Tree and gifts and the pleasure we shared
Watching the kids
Open gifts we couldn’t afford,
Whose spare parts litter the floor in front of us.

It all fades away and someday,
You shudder to think,
Is gone. And your child or a stranger will
Sweep the concrete, throw away the extra blades
And the vast supply of cheap pens
Into reinforced, black 30-gallon trash bags.
Along with empty film canisters which
Held what you or at least your grandparents
Thought were memories.

But we are memories.
And the garage needs to be sorted.

Oliver turns 2 this week

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Field hockey is one of the most played sports in the world, second only to soccer. Played by both men and women, field hockey one of the oldest “stick and ball” games played. In Egypt, drawings that are dated back 4,000 years have been found depicting the game.

Oliver turns 2 this week, and Linus turns 4 next month, and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how that is possible. This time next year we’ll be enrolling Linus in kindergarten, and Baby O will likely be wrestling at WrestleMania XXXIV (Yes, he’s still body slamming his brother on a nightly basis, and yes we still call him Baby O). I know there were sleepless nights when they were infants, and I know our road trips used to make life on the Oregon Trail look like a quick trip across town, and I know there were bottles and formula and dozens of diaper changes each day, but I don’t remember any of it.

“There’s been a shift in sentiment around milk fat, and it’s not just one category high fat yogurts to sour cream to whole milk,” said Tom Bailey, New York based senior dairy analyst for Rabobank. “When you start to tally all this up, we’re Cheap Jerseys left with less fat to go around in general, relative to how demand is growing. It’s kind of left us a little tight considering how much milk supply we have.”.

Whatever goes up on that site should complement and pay tribute to the buildings on the existing campus. It should be designed to last not for decades but centuries. That won’t be cheap. Once you seen the ancient city of Malta and its walled city of Mdina, been done by some innocent looking street vendor offering you a once in a lifetime bargain and relaxed on the soft honeycomb at Ghadira Bay. It then time to go diving! Malta offers amazing diving and water sport opportunities for both beginners and advanced open water and cave divers in its tiny, unspoilt island of Comino with its stunning blue lagoon. All visitors to Malta should take the time to visit the uninhabited island of Comino and the tranquil, green island of Gozo.

Speedboats churned up wakes of foam.time, we should bring a tube! shouted one of my children as we watched two giggling kids being towed behind http://www.cheapjerseys-room.com/ a boat on a red and yellow inflatable water toy.We were crossing White Bear Lake on a pontoon boat, rented by the hour from Tally Dockside, which has been at the same location since 1939. But summer fun at White Bear Lake extends even further into the past. The water toys may be modern, but the urge to get away from it all is nothing new.White Bear Lake attracted vacationers as early as the 1850s, but only those willing to brave a three hour wagon ride from St.
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