Friday 18 May 2012: Happy Birthday
Today the wee-est cheery one in the house turned two. And we had a party for her.
In other stuff, I had kind of cyclical reading thing today, the first thing I read was Dr Sentamu, Archbishop of York, attempting to give a reasoned discussion on why gay marriage was not correct. At the end of the day when reading Dr Seuss we read this brilliant poem.
The Zax - Dr. Seuss
The day before today,One day, making tracks
In the prairie of Prax,
Came a North-Going Zax
And a South-Going Zax.
And it happened that both of them came to a place
Where they bumped. There they stood.
Foot to foot. Face to face.
"Look here, now!" the North-Going Zax said, "I say!
You are blocking my path. You are right in my way.
I'm a North-Going Zax and I always go north.
Get out of my way, now, and let me go forth!"
"Who's in whose way?" snapped the South-Going Zax.
"I always go south, making south-going tracks.
So you're in MY way! And I ask you to move
And let me go south in my south-going groove."
Then the North-Going Zax puffed his chest up with pride.
"I never," he said, "take a step to one side.
And I'll prove to you that I won't change my ways
If I have to keep standing here fifty-nine days!"
"And I'll prove to YOU," yelled the South-Going Zax,
"That I can stand here in the prairie of Prax
For fifty-nine years! For I live by a rule
That I learned as a boy back in South-Going School.
Never budge! That's my rule. Never budge in the least!
Not an inch to the west! Not an inch to the east!
I'll stay here, not budging! I can and I will
If it makes you and me and the whole world stand still!"
Of course the world didn't stand still. The world grew.
In a couple of years, the new highway came through
And they built it right over those two stubborn Zax
And left them there, standing un-budged in their tracks.
I have yet to work out if the first Dr of the day was a North or South going Zax.
If you are still reading this, there is a wee petition at the site of the Equality Network and it would be good if you signed it, because some of the conservative churches are putting money behind some campaign against the changes and it would be an awful shame if the bigoted ideas were allowed to continue.