Saturday, March 31, 2007

Childhood playmates and family relationships


Is there anything cuter than your first child's "first love"? Five year old Nicholas has been going to pre-school this year and one of his friends is Maggie. Maggie came over to play today and last night Tonya told me that one day this week when Maggie was leaving for home after school she puckered her lips and made kissing sounds to Nicholas. Obviously at this age there's no real romance but it is just so sweet and makes both me and Tonya feel happy and kind of giddy. It was really kind of fun to see them interacting together today.

I didn't realize until just now that there are still plenty of "firsts" for us to experience with Nicholas and Madeleine. A child's first step or first time speaking is definitely a milestone but it seems that as children begin to get older the "firsts" get to be more exciting and fun. Maybe even more meaningful because now that you can communicate better with your child it is shared by both parties on a deeper level.

Lately I've really been thankful that I've been so blessed to have such a great family. In today's world of high divorce rates I continuously feel that every anniversary Tonya and I reach is a milestone in itself. Some may wonder if it's even worth trying anymore to make a relationship work after going through a terrible one, but there are thousands of examples out there of really great marriages, marriages that took a lot of work to get where they are. Thank God for those examples, for something to aspire to.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Who are LH and WW?

I've not read a whole lot of his poetry but one of my favorite poets is Langston Hughes (1902-1967). He is sometimes associated with the African-American cultural movement of the 1920s and '30s called Harlem Renaissance. One thing that I like about his poetry is simply how he captures the life of every day people which is also why I like Walt Whitman's (1819-1892) poetry. I think it's interesting that Hughes cited Whitman as one of his influences. Naturally both of them are an influence on the poetry that I have written. At some point I might post three poems (one by each of us) that are related to each other.

Of course Hughes often wrote about "black America" and the poem "Youth" is probably geared toward marching toward racial equality but this poem is inspiring to me in a general sense of achieving anything you are reaching for. When I first added the snippet from Whitman I wanted it to hint that I didn't think it mattered if I ever posted something in contradiction to a previous post but I don't know if it's really needed that much. Mostly I just wanted to have something by him on the website! This is a small portion of his huge poem (50 or 60 cantos) "Song of Myself".

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