Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation
In the end, all you have are the memories of the choices you made.
In the end, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
"I always find myself looking at study abroad programs and thinking about how I maybe have missed my chance to be free. To travel the world and not have to worry about work. I hope to believe that I will be able to do so in the near future but when it boils down to it, the only limiting factor is money. With a hard market in sales and a big move coming up, there is no way that I could go abroad through a program. That is sometimes the curse that is being a child in a large family. My family seems very well off but after having so much to save and spend for four kids to go to college, there is not much extra….. and studying abroad is definitely and extra.
Just today it made me so sad when I went online and continued to finish my semester at sea application, because I couldnt resist and realized that there is no way I could ever do this trip. The money is just not there. So for now I will continue to work and save because one day I will be able to do these things and I hope I am able to save time and prioritize so I can.”
Although impossible, I made it work.
I cant believe that I am going abroad next semester! It seriously is crazy and I am so excited!
This year together we:
Read two book series
Stayed up way too late talking
Taught/learned how to ride a bike
Took a road trip across the country
Met the parents
Kissed at midnight 2012
Had a long distance relationship
Went out on dates
Visited Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida and Ohio
Cuddled by a fire
Ordered drunken pizza
Had late nights in the library
Went to a baseball game and a show
Laughed and cried (sometimes laughed till we cried)
Went to the movies
Met the friends
Cooked dinners for two
And fell in love…
As I look back on what we have done in just a year I can’t wait for what is to come. I love you so much and I am so excited to spend the next year with you. It’s going to be exhilarating. You make my heart beat faster, my mind clearer and my life better. You are the sun to my cloudy day, my second dinner after a light supper :). I feel more confident about us than I ever have before and it makes me so happy. You turned out to be the best thing I have yet to find in life. Because everything in life is better with you by my side. So let’s take on this new year with our best foot forward. I can’t wait to see where we go and what we can do. Together I believe we can be happy to do anything. I love you Jessie. Happy one year!