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A Child's Gift

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Typing drunk with one boot on and one sock off...what depths of philosophical grandeur can be reached on an empty Friday night that has become Saturday morning? When the games have been played and all the music listened to...how quiet the night is, booming in your ears and you realize that most of your hours have been spent playing misdirection with your own mind.

When we are children the idea of going to bed seems a moral outrage. A gip, an unfair sentence and why? Because we are being deprived of the witnessing of life...the world...our world. The rebellion wells up in us and brings us to tears and tantrums and makes our throats hurt with pleading. All this passion, all this martyrdom...all this for the privilege of witnessing life. The right to watch and run and absorb the world...just one more game, just one more song, just one more chapter, just one more commercial, just one more half-hour, just one more minute...To never stop, even for and instant, the input of color and motion, the taste of sugar and sweat. Sounds and words and music; strange or ugly or alien or transcendent. To be privy to adult conversations whose words are lost on us but whose tone of voice means everything and conveys more than anyone else in the room can hear...To know the sounds of ice cubes rattling in glasses. To keep watch for monsters under the bed, fat men wearing red in the chimney, barbarian warriors over the next rise, space men landing on the neighbors roof, the glimpse of pointed ears and fairy dust ducking behind a tree in the back yard...We fight, we rant, we plead, we scream, barter and bleed.....all for the privilege of witnessing life......

......all just to be awake.

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