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LDP Month 4 — April

End of the month and a day or two late in writing the LDP recap for April. The beginning of May falls right smack-dab  at the end of my semester, which would not be so stressful if I didn’t have to drive down to Cape Cod next Thursday for a Ragnar Race with Strong Hearts Vegan Power. This means getting all my papers read and students’ final evals done by Tuesday, while working at Starbucks Sunday and Monday and having a sweet lil’ 9 week old. Granted, Hattie is damn easy as far as babies go…but add all this together and writing the LDP post dropped to the bottom of the heap.

Generally speaking the month went very well: we didn’t buy anything unnecessary for Hattie — diapers, infant Tylenol, some leggings — and for us it really just came down to coffee, sweet treats, breakfast out with friends and beer (which doesn’t really count, right?).

However, we decided to break the bank and buy Avett Brother tickets. They are playing outside this fall at the Shelburne Museum. We thought it would be a great local concert to take Hattie to — the ability to sit on the grass, walk around, enjoy the open air, see the sunset over the Adirondacks. It should be a wonderfully memorable occasion.

Well, that does it for this month. As I already said, May beings with me heading down to Cape Cod. The weekend will no doubt be epic — racing for 24hrs with a bunch of crazy vegans? Should be something else! I can’t thank Katie enough for allowing me to peace out for a few days. She truly is a special person and a wonderful mother…hmmm, its Mother’s Day next Sunday…I wonder what I’ll be getting for Katie?

LDP Month 3 — March

The end of month three. The end of our first LDP month with the challenge of a baby. Since we can’t really take Hattie anywhere there really wasn’t too much money being spent — we just sat and nested. The money we did spend was primarily on random coffee runs — to and from the grocery store, on outings to see family, on the way to teach. Dostoyevsky once asked “which is better–cheap happiness or exalted sufferings?” Rarely will any of us experience exalted sufferings, so I believe that most of the time it is the cheep happiness, the small pleasures, the run our lives. But then, if we experience so many small pleasures shouldn’t we actually say that rather then being “small” they are massive and enormous? Enormously small pleasures (to paraphrase ee cummings)…that might be it.

One other expense was that Jon preordered Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set A Watchman. Our love of To Kill A Mockingbird no knows bounds, so it is quite fitting that we should pick up Lee’s new novel (which is actually old, as it was written prior to TKAM). There is no need to go into all the speculation and angsty rhetoric surrounding this forthcoming story. Suffice it to say we are excited.

That marks the end of another LDP month. April brings more challenges and chances to continue our deliberate, conscious activities of the LDP. I recently spoke to someone about the process of deliberate living, a process that is simple enough to explain if none too easy to describe the mindset and experience of living it out. There is no failure nor success — not really — jus the continual Sisyphusian act of deliberate, conscious pushing of the rock back up the hill.

Keep trying. Keep living. Consciously & Deliberately.

The seasons go round they
go round and around
said the tulip
dancing among her friends
in their brown bed in the sun
in the April breeze
under a maple canopy
that was also dancing
only with greater motions
casting greater shadows
and the grass
hardly stirring
(excerpt from “April” by Alicia Ostriker)
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