XL--29 Kurt Vonnegut's Uncle

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XL--29 Kurt Vonnegut's Uncle

Postby WayneS » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:34 am

Bill's uncle reminded me of this....


Kurt Vonnegut's Uncle

Kurt Vonnegut wrote that he had an uncle
who would from time to time,
often at family gatherings,
look up and say,
“This is a nice moment.”

Kurt and I agree
it takes a wise person
to appreciate
nice moments
when they are happening.

It's easy to look back fondly
and remember talking with
your long-deceased grandfather
or making your toddler son giggle
by pretending to tickle him.

But we tend
to take those moments for granted
at the time,
annoyed we're stuck making conversation with grandpa
or realizing your son's diaper needs changing.

Vonnegut said his uncle was ignored
most of the time,
his family too busy arguing or eating
to pay attention
to the babble of an old man.

My days are full of nice moments--
today I devoured a turkey and avocado sandwich,
and watched a leaf drift in the breeze.
Sometimes it takes a slightly senile elderly uncle
to remind us to appeciate these moments.

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Re: XL--29 Kurt Vonnegut's Uncle

Postby allenitz » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:47 pm

i agree.

i did a facebook post either yesterday or the day before about how, as i age, it becomes clearer to me that we should make time during even our busiest day, to remember and savor the good things, large or small.

It's easy to look back fondly
and remember talking with
your long-deceased grandfather
or making your toddler son giggle
by pretending to tickle him.


it's very true, it is easy, so why don't we make it a part of our daily day
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Re: XL--29 Kurt Vonnegut's Uncle

Postby hawkseye » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:50 pm

Truly a key to happiness:

Kurt and I agree
it takes a wise person
to appreciate
nice moments
when they are happening.


I remember when I finally held the bud of my first child within and I determined to appreciate every moment of the experience. So glad I did. And then it continued -- though challenging at times -- appreciating as many moments as they happened as I could while first my daughter and then my son traveled from infancy to adulthood.

Can't say the same about my other relatives -- missed a lot of moments there...

good poem -- got me thinking and remembering fondly as well as being reminded to something I DO try to stay with -- living within and appreciating all the moments that pass through my day. Deep joy and happiness is often birthed in an otherwise overlooked, "ordinary" moment.

-judy

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Re: XL--29 Kurt Vonnegut's Uncle

Postby Bill_Back » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:34 am

Sometimes it takes a slightly senile elderly uncle
to remind us to appeciate these moments.

You make a good point. Just as good as saying, "Stop and smell the roses".

Bill


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