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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:23 PM

this is how my 17 yr old son handles his frustrating day. i get a text:

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Tomorrow, and tomorrow,
and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace
from day to day
The last syllable of recorded time
And all of our yesterdays,
lighted fools
This way to dusty death.
Out, out brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow,
a poor player
That struts and frets
his hour upon the stage.
And then is heard no more:
it is a tale
Told by an idiot,
full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.



i love my boy, lol


edit to clarify: Figured you needed some Shakespeare! was the rest of his message. he did not write it himself. i assumed, lol. my bad







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Reply this is how my 17 yr old son handles his frustrating day. i get a text: (Original post)
seabeyond Dec 2012 OP
southernyankeebelle Dec 2012 #1
Bicoastal Dec 2012 #3
1StrongBlackMan Dec 2012 #4
seabeyond Dec 2012 #6
seabeyond Dec 2012 #7
southernyankeebelle Dec 2012 #13
catbyte Dec 2012 #2
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #12
sufrommich Dec 2012 #5
seabeyond Dec 2012 #10
Bluenorthwest Dec 2012 #8
seabeyond Dec 2012 #9
Bluenorthwest Dec 2012 #11
ismnotwasm Dec 2012 #14
seabeyond Dec 2012 #15

Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:31 PM

1. That's really nice. How old is your son? I hope you keep his collections of poems.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:37 PM

3. It IS nice, and it's great that he knows it...

...but it's not original. It's a famous soliloquy from Macbeth.

That's not to take anything away from her son. He seems like a very literate soul. But he isn't Shakespeare--yet.

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Response to Bicoastal (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:44 PM

4. I'm pretty sure ...

She knows the origins of the peom; but is happy/proud that her 17 year old son, knows about the poem and can associate it with frustration.

But, because of the fatalistic tone of the poem, I would suggest texting back:

Don't Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.



Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.



Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.



Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:03 PM

6. i love it. PERFECT. thank you

bah hahahaha. laughs the evil mom that has siri, lol, and i do not have to actually text. adn the boys really kinda wish hubby did not get me an iphone last year for christmas. that is too funny

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Response to Bicoastal (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:05 PM

7. thanks for the clarification. my bad for not explaining. nt

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Response to Bicoastal (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:13 PM

13. well it still is nice.

 

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:32 PM

2. LOL. Love it. Give him a hug for me.

You've done a good job. Great pic, too.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 02:56 PM

12. +1

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:46 PM

5. Ah teenagers.

I used to tell my son,and now tell my 15 year old niece that the only time you're ever going to think about the inconsequential drama of your teenage years is when you realize ,looking back, how ridiculously absurd it was . Sometimes we have to remind our teenage kids that life is long and this is but a blip in your life. Kudos to your son for being so eloquent.

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:22 PM

10. so true.

this one, i told him since four. trust me baby, all you have to do is make it thru highschool, then life is yours. a little adult as a little kid. jsut wants to be an adult. makes the parenting easy

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:15 PM

8. To answer back from tragedy:

"How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
Thou know'st we work by wit, and not by witchcraft;
And wit depends on dilatory time."

From Othello, spoken by Iago

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:21 PM

9. oh, i love that one, also. look at strong's post. i just siri'ed it to son

in all it long..... text. lol

but, i really like that. thanks.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:38 PM

11. any kid who quotes Shakespeare off the cuff is alright by me!

nt

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:05 PM

14. How cool is that?

Every time I read something from Shakespeare it makes me want to go read some. But I don't know Shakespeare that well, and as someone pointed out to me, Shakespeare was written to be performed.

Which puts me in awe of anyone who can pull out a cool quote like that!

Shakespeare has the right quote for almost any situation, but it takes knowledge and a bit of talent to find them

Good on your son!

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:35 AM

15. mcbeth is probably his favorite. not a good guy which makes it more interesting

i guess. he is going for an english degree then law. but, i think ultimately he wants to be a writer.

it is cool having these quotes. i remember when i was young and had so much useless but fun info in my head. lmao

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