[Marxism] Blog Post: Daydreaming

michael yates mikedjyates at msn.com
Wed May 28 11:29:44 MDT 2014

Full at http://cheapmotelsandahotplate.org/2014/05/28/daydreaming/



Karen and I begin our hikes talking, but after awhile I fall behind 

a bit, and lulled sometimes by the sound of a stream or the singing 

of the birds, I daydream. On a trail not long after we got to 

Tennessee, I thought about the month we had just spent with our 

daughter and granddaughter. We had a wonderful time with Tatiana, 

seeing her almost every day. We took long walks—to a creek to throw 

rocks, to playgrounds with swings and sliding boards, or just next 

door so she could scramble, over and over, up and down a neighbor’s 

steps. Tatiana and I got attached to one another, and it was difficult 

to leave. I cried more than once as we drove away. I kept thinking 

about the games we played and how her face lit up when she saw me. 

Last year when we visited, Karen sang a nonsense song while swaying 

her back and forth. "wee wee, wee wee, Tatiana’s going on the swing." 

This visit, she started calling me "wee wee," and that became my 

name. She’d call it out every time she saw me, and even began to 

use it to order me around, saying "wee wee" with an intonation that 

meant "get back here and pay attention to me." Our daughter said that 

she twice called out my new name in her sleep at night. Her little 

chums at daycare shouted "wee wee" when we picked her up each morning.



When you are sixty-eight, with time’s eyes closing, and you’ve fallen 

in love with your grandchild, it is hard not to think about one life 

ending and another beginning. As Karen and I trekked along, I asked 

myself age-old questions. What have I done? What does it matter? Does 

anything matter? Will Tatiana’s life be different? Will she be happy? 

What slings and arrows will she face? Will she be resilient and strong? 

A melody ran through my head, and, reflecting my thoughts, I put these words 

to it: 		 	   		  

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