If life is about discovery, then it’s equally about re-discovery. We have a lot of things to remember, to make part of our world view. Some slip to the back. Not forgotten. Not remembered. It’s to much to hold at once.
I went to Dharma Books on 1st Street in Reno a few months ago. I got a few books, but the real prize was a first edition copy of “A Light in the Attic,” by Shel Silverstein (Harper Collins, 1981). For $9.00 even!! It’s a book of poems mostly for children. If you’re not familiar with his work, he wrote the country song “Boy Named Sue” which was popularized by Johnny Cash in 1969. He did the illustrations and also wrote for playboy and other magazines.
My mom read them all to me when I was a kid. I read them all when I learned to read. I read them to my sisters when they were little. And the other night I started reading them to Bowie. He sat in my lap, and i put the book out in front of us and started reading and remembering. Here’s what I rediscovered:
Put Something In
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb,
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world,
Than ain’t been there before.
Bowie is 1 month old! You know where you can find the photos and videos…