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November 07, 2007

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Boonie

Cycles do happen. It is said it is inevitable. The Creation is a cosmos of circular motion I'm told.
This is a long response but any way, Tommy---In response to your last line, the metaphor Tom, that immediately jumped to mind was one from William Blake used by P.D. James in a novel I just read:
"Down the winding cavern we groped our tedious way, till a void boundless as the nether sky appeared beneath us, and we held by the roots of trees and hung over this immensity; but I said: if you please we will commit ourselves to this void, and see whether providence is here also."
A bit strange you might say...and ominous, but then so is a recession of great magnitude.
Boonie

G Davis

Having lived through a few cycles of down times, I hope I can impart to you that folks do what they need to do. If your children are truly in ragtag clothes, you will learn to sew. The table may start out rickety, but one of the family will figure out a way to stabilize it. The grease on the walls only requires soap and elbow grease.

You'll surprise yourself perhaps, but you and the rest of your family WILL do what they need to do.

Perhaps these cycles are good for us in a way. Perhaps they reconnect us with what we CAN do.

It's empowering.

Besides...in our area, home values may fall 20%, but they rose at breakneck speed by 40%, so we're a long way from starving... ;0

Avagadro

This whole notion of ignoring the practical (and YES, money making) side of children's interests feels incredibly insulated from the stark reality of living. Obviously, I'm not advocating putting them to work in a Dickens- like factory, but you -need- money. Period.
If you have it then its need seems less important, and endeavors which lead to its acquisition become delights, hobbies or diversions rather then the absolute necessities that they are.
Anyone's reality is what it is... but the reality of need will trump the honorable goals of ideology every time. It has to.
(oooo... conflict on your blog... yay!!)

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