Poem About Parenthood

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JLorenzo - March 29

I wrote this poem recently about what it may be like to be a father and thought I would share it: The roads I have traveled over thus far have been relatively straight and without danger Sure, I have treaded over some rough patches, hit some potholes and picked up strangers But it has been a self teaching journey, filled with scenic seas and luscious mountain tops A highway full of cruise control with only the bare minimum amount of red light stops But I get the feeling that the road ahead will be somewhat strange to me, never navigated before It is a somewhat unsettling feeling not having control, or even a hint of what might be in store Like knowing that the sun will set eventually and that nighttime will be out in full force Despite the darkened highways in the future, I know I need to remain steadfast and on course People are relying on me to make it to places perhaps their cars wouldn’t allow them to travel Trying desperately to keep everything in perspective, before the traffic makes the mind unravel Just knowing that I will have others in the car with me is enough to keep stretching for another mile And I am pretty confident that the people who are afraid to keep going, are stuck in a state of denial So with that I just put the pedal down and the window open while the vague curves are coming into view And with a renewed sense of purpose I turn up the radio, understanding I have a long way to go before I am through. Josh Lorenzo

 

......! - March 29

ahem......your gay!

 

tara - March 29

awww...Josh, that's very sweet! My favorite part is "Despite the darkened highways in the future, I know I need to remain steadfast..." You are a great guy and a lot of people on here like you and enjoy your posts, don't let peopel like "....!" ever get to you.

 

>? - March 29

I DONT GET IT WISH I DID

 

??? - March 29

">?" its a metaphor! the highway and cars are symbolic!

 

JLorenzo - March 29

Thanks Tara! Yes, it is symbolism!

 

D - March 29

Very nice, Josh. You are a writer? I had noted your education yesterday and that you hadn't pursued it, and hadn't run across where you mentioned your profession! Question for you... I'm considering (and my husband is encouraging this) doing some writing. The main problem I have is, I don't know the best way to start out in order to have it make money! I am aware it is a difficult market to break into freelancing. Do you have any suggestions? (my writing is typically either descriptive, dry humor, or childrens. I do enjoy writing some poetry, but its pretty corny!) I'm finding that trying to discover a way to make a little money from home very frustrating! I actually have a batchelors in Public Relations, I just don't like it! I'm one of those people who is pa__sably good at a lot of things, but don't have an area that really stands out as a way to excel (maybe my problem is confidence....)!

 

to JLorenzo - March 29

beatiful.... you write for a living? What do you write, poems, books? Just wondering...

 

JLorenzo - March 29

To D, I think BBK was talking about not pursuing his majors. I was never interested in science and math came as a complete frustration to me. I discovered that I had the ability to write my thoughts down. I was published in a book of poetry a few years back and am currently in plans to write a book of poetry from the mans perspective. I just need to generate a few more writings...you may just want to start with a piece of paper and start writing your thoughts down. See where that takes you...it really is good therapy! If you want an unbiased opinion, send them to me and I can read them...

 

JLorenzo - March 29

I started out writing poems when I was young. My dad was a songwriter for a band he played in when I was young. I was drawn to the impact of words and started when I was in high school putting my thoughts down. I actually work at the National Cancer Inst_tute, reviewing clinical trials. But actually I have branched out into writing the newsletters here...kind of mixing all my interests into one!

 

D - March 29

Ah... you refresh my memory. It was BBK. For once in my life, I actually have an excuse: "Hey! I'm pregnant! You can't expect me to remember anything!" I will have to see where life takes me day by day! I'm also waiting to see what the hospital I work at does when they find out I'm leaving.... Maybe they'll let me work from home for a while. We're in such a rural area, its hard to find some types of educated employees...

 

JLorenzo - March 29

D, I didn't know you worked in a hospital. What do you do? I tell ya, we live in the best area for Biomedical research. Fortunate for that because my wife and I met at the National Cancer Inst_tute! One good thing came from cancer I suppose!

 

D - March 29

I lump myself into the hospital's "support services." I'm so important, they cram me in the back corner, no air conditioning, not much heat... They actually moved some broken beds out of the corner of maintenance and stuck me there... Makes me feel very accomplished! Actually, I've really enjoyed parts of my job. Being in the corner of maintenance has had its benefits! that's the department my husband works in, (we're the type of couple who gets along very well, and don't mind working together most of the time) so we get to say hi as we cross paths and eat lunch together. When I hired on, the hospital was outsourcing its forms to various vendors. When I moved here, we set up an inhouse print shop, and saved the cost of our equipment AND my wages in the first 6 months. It was a lot of fun setting up the structure of the office... I typeset every chart form, plus some others (I have over 1400 in my database), and actually print and deliver all the needed forms to every unit on a cart bi-monthly. I now have an a__sistant, and we take care of forms for 2 hospitals and 7 home health clinics. Its pretty busy! ----------- so you had cancer? to me, that explains quite a bit of your personality that I've seen here... (unless of course, I've got you and BBK mixed up again!!!)

 

JLorenzo - March 29

D, Oh no, I never had cancer. But I started working here and met my wife. We both work in cancer. But when you work around such a depressing area, you look for a bright spot and mine was finding my wife! It is rewarding to have a helping hand but overall it is a sad place to be. So it is nice to be having a baby. We appreciate being lucky enough to have our health and happiness. I lost an aunt to ovarian cancer when she was 26. It was the youngest recorded case at the time. So to me, being able to have a little girl is a very rewarding experience.

 

D - March 29

Thats great you haven't had it... In the past few years I've lost a number of relatives (not direct blood line) to cancer. I think though, that your exposure to the realities of cancer has certainly affected you! I always knew that people could have cancer young, and heard about some tear-jerker children's cases, but it didn't really strike home until I met a girl in her 20s that is a b___st cancer survivor.

 

JLorenzo - March 29

It is a scary disease. And I admit, working here has caused me to psychoa___lyze my symptoms, to the point where I have convinced myself I have it. But the reality is, most symptoms are caused by any number of things not as serious as cancer...still, it is a sobering thought.

 

D - March 29

Those of us who haven't had it effect our lives are very fortunate. I am REALLY good at searching for my symptoms online and freaking myself out! That's how I found this website in the first place. The network administrators here would have a very interesting read if they started checking through my search history! If my a__sistant figures out I'm on the internet, she tells me to stop scaring myself. Thankfully, so far I've been wrong every time!

 

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