Oklahoma Rising

I have so much to say today...maybe. I've been thinking about a lot anyway.

First, on Monday I went to hear Edward Albee speak. He had a lot of great things to say. Part of it was overshawdowed by something I witnessed while I was there. I call it middle class ignorance. Four college students came in right before it started: 3 boys, 1 girl. The girl had a laptop. The girl was talking almost the whole time to the boys on either side of her...they were talking back. She was working on a paper on her computer. Just a bunch of talking and laughing, and here's this man who really has something to say and they weren't paying any attention. I'm sure a good intentioned professor offered some extra credit, but it was ridiculous. I teach in a school where everyday it's work to force eyes open. Here are students in college who get the opportunity to listen to new ideas, and they were acting like my freshman. I was a bit ashamed of my generation. Part of that feeling was probably a story on Sunday Morning. It was talking about how we're the coddled generation. As "we" go out into the workforce, management teams are having to find a new approach because "we" cannot be reprimanded. We've grown up with only rewards. "Everyone is a winner." I wish that was true...that it even could be true. It can be, but it's up to individuals, and until they're ready, it's not going to happen. I suppose the part that bothers me is that we're lumped together. I'm the same as those four students in the great generational clumping. Hmmm, I hope that made sense.

Thanksgiving is less than a week away...YES! I feel like I've been patient...especially since I've been really wanting it to get here since August. We're going to eat at noon. I figure that if I pace myself just right, I might be able to eat all day long. I'm going to try anyway. I have the perk of stretchy pants and everything! I can't wait to see how it goes.

Today is Oklahoma's centennial. They wrote a song to celebrate it called Oklahoma Rising. That song has been playing over and over again, and I think it's probably permanently stuck in my head. There's a fun, deep sort of pride here in this state. I like it. And I don't think it's just an overcompensation because there aren't any mountians ;).

Cora moves all the time. I found something I like about myself....Every time I wake up, my hand is on my tummy. I don't know if it's because she's moving on the inside and it's a natural reaction, like when someone tickles your nose when you're asleep. Or if it's just us bonding. She has patterns now. I know when she's awake and asleep. She's always awake around 3:00 AM...I'm hoping I can convince her otherwise when she gets here. It never ceases to amaze me that back in June she was microscopic, now she's a little mini human being with all of her parts. I wonder how weird it will be when she goes from being on the inside to being here. Even though she's just under a few layers of tissue, it's almost like she's in another world.


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