You Are Not Alone


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Adolescence, Advice, Childrearing, Confidence, Connections, Love, Mothering, Mothers and Sons, Safety | Posted on 22-01-2014

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It’s Finals Week! We’re in the midst of test-taking around here. The culmination of several months of hard work. I say “we” because my fourteen-year-old son is in his first year of high school. This is his foray into–oooohhh–finals. During finals, as his mother, my role is to support him and push him and feed him and nag him and pep talk him and reassure him.

So that he has the tools, the ambition, the fuel, the reminders, the confidence, and the love.

He is not alone in this.

One of his tests is to recite a poem in front of his class. It is not an easy poem. It’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Alone. Yikes!

I don’t want my son to feel alone and disconnected, like in this poem, as he navigates his high school years.

I had better make heat up some lasagna and give that young man a big hug. 🙂

By Edgar Allan Poe
From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—


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