This is an earlier draft of a piece that appears in my collection of essays and other random stuff, Raised by Turtles: A Book in American. Some day, I will take the final version and reformat it and paste it in here, but for now it is only available in print for
$4.95 $6.44 (I guess inflation has hit Amazon too – I can’t make it cheaper as there is already no profit in that price).
(So Much to Learn)
Learn to breathe, to suckle, to see.
Learn to crawl, to walk, to talk.
Learn to wipe your own ass.
Learn to eat with silverware.
Learn to read, to write, to add.
Learn to run, to ride a bike, to ski.
Learn how to change the oil and how to make cookies.
Learn to recognize iambic pentameter.
Learn linear algebra, differential equations.
Learn about Nietzsche, Foucault, Levinas.
Learn to show up, to fess up, to dress up.
Learn to say yes.
Learn to say no.
Learn to love.
Maybe even yourself.