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The Philosophy of Bean
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_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: September 2nd, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I do have stuff from high school though, when I wanted to be a poet. :-)

ah ha ha, I have a lot of those, too. They make for blushingly-funny reads. My particular favorites for some reason, though, are the ones from *middle* school. In addition to journals from that period, I have a bunch of notebooks in which my best friend at the time and I wrote notes to each other in -- as opposed to "passing notes" individually, we would just write to each other in a notebook and pass it back and forth. Reading them now, all I can say is Ugh (and also a laugh out loud). While the highschool ones are all more about 'intellectual angst' (oh i'm a nihilist, oh i'm an existentialist), those ones from age 12-13 are just examples of the hideous full body *real* angst that comes with puberty. Could we have talked any more about boys? Could we have been any cattier about the girls we hated? Could we have been any more obviously searching, scrambling, *seeking* for identity? I thank whatever lucky stars that in all my years of lugging that stuff around from city to city that I never, in a fit of organizing or paring down, tossed that stuff as irrelevant. It fascinates me.

and I'm also thinking now how effective *they* might be as 'teaching tool' as my son ages. Again, how much more effective to answer his teen years "you just don't *understand*" statements by handing him words from my own mouth when I was the same age? We will have a direct correlation of issues, I'm sure, being male/female, but some things remain the same.....
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: September 2nd, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"We will "not" have a direct correlation", that should say.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: September 2nd, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
In some ways, I think having children realize in that way that their parents were in the same situation would be helpful and understanding. Mine were also in the existentialist, nihilist, hedonist vein but, the poetry was more grappling with my own intellect and how I wanted to expand my mind. Kids today seem to not want to be known by anything intellectual unless they're involved in program where it's encouraged. But, picking up a book and reading to actually learn something that isn't be taught in school... I don't know too many like that. Just telling my college students to use the library instead of web surfing gets the eyes rolling. However, since most of them actually did go and check out library books is a good sign for the semester. ;-))

Also, I have to admit my love of poetry came from my grandmother and mother reading poetry to us cousins when we were probably 5-6-7 yrs. old. I found it absolutely mind-blowing that a person could take the words we use everyday and turn them into something so magical and fantastic. :-)
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