#sol19 24/31: Something New, Not Really

Sometimes I forget where I came from and any new ahha.. is really just the next chapter of awareness in the world….so it was last night… I actually thought I came to a new discovery and really it’s just the logic of my life of good luck.

I was born in 1949.  In the early years when I was younger than most of the people around me I thought it was cool to have a birthday in the 40’s, at the end of a decade.  but more than that I grew up in upside down times… from the conformity of the 50’s, and the political terror of the McCarthy era hunting for Communists, to the revolution of the  60’s and the power of music- the Beatles, the Stones, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell… JFK, assassinations of heroes, Woodstock…political activism on our college campuses…

I remember Stan, a smart kid in my first English class.  He stayed behind to talk one  one day, figuring out that I was in the 9th grade when the Beatles arrived in the USA and I watched him put together my musical/political life history… “Wow, Ms. K. I am so jealous! You were right in the thick of it- the Beatles…Woodstock, the Doors.  Life is so boring for me now.”

“Don’t worry Stan.  There’s so much more ahead for both of us.” In the next year Stan was even willing to dive off a stage with me when I started directing high school theater.

And just in the last decade  there was.. Obama…  and now :Trump…. Mueller report… new dems to get to know… always music…

It really never stops, right?

Yes,  I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my life… 1949 was just the perfect place to begin… and trying hard to make the best of year 70,   when I returned home from Cambodia last July and started dreaming of work in Thailand I didn’t want the excitement to stop.

I made a pledge of gratitude…what can I do to make the world a better place?

Maybe the roots were here:.

And How cool is this? A poem gift from my buddy, Kevin Hodgson 

Even if
I am only
a flat rock
on the surface
of water

Even if
I am only
a single voice
in the world
of distrust

Even if
you are only
the single person
whose voice
I hear

It may be yet
enough
to change
the world

to alter
the trajectory

to dance
on the ripples

for we follow
footsteps
of others
as others
follow us

— Kevin

20 thoughts

  1. Even if
    I am only
    a flat rock
    on the surface
    of water

    Even if
    I am only
    a single voice
    in the world
    of distrust

    Even if
    you are only
    the single person
    whose voice
    I hear

    It may be yet
    enough
    to change
    the world

    to alter
    the trajectory

    to dance
    on the ripples

    for we follow
    footsteps
    of others
    as others
    follow us

    — Kevin

  2. I love the way you’ve wandered around and come to this beautiful conclusion. Here’s to year 70! You will make it great!

  3. Born in ’51 I am not far behind you, Bonnie. We have seen many things come and go in our lives. I am reminded of Billy Joel’s “We didn’t start the fire…”

    • Yesterday, as I was out shopping for furniture two salesmen drove me crazy, freaked out that I was going to be 70 and they didn’t see it. After a while I just told them to let it go… I was cool with it… 🙂

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