Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Timber

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Here I am, sneaking into someone's basement again to use their internet.  I never thought I would miss it so much, but so much has gone on, that I want to document it all.

Growing up, my dad used to have all sorts of poems or sayings memorized that he would quote to us whenever we would grumble.  As I was laying in my bed last night, I decided I want to do that.  I want to memorize helpful little quotes and poems.  If not just to better my memory, with the added bonus of possibly improving my outlook on life as well, and at the very least, it could possibly help me through those dark valleys in life everyone encounters.

And so, this morning, much to Keith's annoyance, I memorized one.  Well, one stanza of it.  I just discovered there was a lot more than I had originally thought.

Good Timber
By Douglas Malloch

The tree that never had to fight
for sun and sky and air and light,
but stood out in the open plain
and always got its share of rain,
never became a forest king
but lived and died a scrubby thing.

To gain and farm his patch of soil,
who never had to win his share
of sun and sky and light and air,
never became a manly man
but lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease
the stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length,
the more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
in trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
we find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
whose broken branches show the scars
of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.

I am eagerly committing this to my long term memory, and when that is done, I will move on to a new one.  I am so excited for this!  It is kind of fun to be memorizing and actually using my brain again.  

Tonight we plan on pulling a Mr. Bean on the kids.  Meaning, we are going to set the clocks forward and have a mini celebration with them, and put them to bed close to their bedtime. 

I thought about being the cool mom and letting them stay up until midnight, but I know them, and I know tomorrow would be a nightmare, and we still have lots of unpacking and organizing to do.

Happy New Year!


Confessions of a PTO Mom said...

We let our big kids stay up. Nearly didn't make it, but they did! It wasn't too bad afterwards. And mother nature helped us with recovery, and turned the Thursday and Friday into snow days off from school. First day back tomorrow after 17 days off. It's going to be a doozy!

Em said...

we let brennan stay up the year i was pregnant with max. he made it until about 11:43pm and then completely melted down, which was super convenient b/c we were at a neighborhood party. we kept handing him martinellis and pulled through, but that was the last year we let our kids stay up. ever since then we've done a "new york new years" where we celebrate with them at 10pm, do sparklers in the snow, and call it a night. then sean and i stay up and watch the real thing, cheers, and go to bed. sometimes we watch a movie after. one year we went to bed at 10:30;)