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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

It's Hard to See All the Little Things, When the Big Things Get in the Way


Happy New Year, friends. I've got no clever synopsis to share regarding the end of the holiday season, I suppose I could quote a line from various songs:

"the whole party reaked of a waisted fiscal year" Kevin Davis

"all the snow has turned to water, Christmas days have come & gone. broken toys & faded colors are all that's left to linger on" John Prine

"6 am, day after Christmas, I throw some clothes on in the dark. the smell of cold, car seat is freezin', the world is sleepin' & I am numb." Ben Folds Five

I don't make New Year's Resolutions, but if I did, I'd make a resolution to stop in to see friends more often. That's right, friends, 2007 is going to be the year that the pop-in makes a comeback.

When I was a kid, friends used to stop by unannounced all the time, but these days with the cellphones that all the kids have, everybody has to call in advance.

We popped in to see Grandma & Grandpa last night, & it was a real treat. The stories that Grandpa tells mean more to me now than they ever did when I was a kid. Grandma & Grandpa know the art of conversation, no television or stereo necessary. I think the definition of a conversation should be changed to include time constraints, anything under five minutes is no longer considered a conversation. Anything under five minutes is considered a chat. 2007 is also going to be the year of the conversation.

You heard it hear, first.

You're a Big Girl Now-Bob Dylan, Spokane, 2001

Beast For Thee-Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Matt Sweeney, Superwolf

God's Gonna Cut You Down-Johnny Cash, American V

The Littlest Birds-Jolie Holland, Catalpa

Moving, Shaking-Great Lake Swimmers

I hope your back to normal is treating you well, friends.

andrew

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Blogging is a good substitute for a chat or a conversation, and is like popping in when loved ones are far away! I know Grandma and Grandpa really appreciated you and Christie popping in. Mom

Mary said...

Ben Folds Five - Big fan of that song. Probably because of my line of work nonetheless at the Tommelein household we call that a smart song. When Matt was a middle schoolder Melissa use to tell him to listen to the song and if it had something to say it was a smart song,

Joyce said...

Back to the pop-in visit is a great idea, and the art of conversation may be rescued just in time.

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