March 5, 1996 – Tuesday – 6:00 p.m.

I went to the doctor today.  What he did three weeks ago by resetting my finger and putting a cast on it didn’t work.  I have to go into surgery on Thursday.  They will put a pin into my finger.  This all came as a shock.  I figured I would just go into the hospital and get my cast off, but instead I had to pee in a cup, get a shot, etc.  I got a little bummed, but Vince was with me and he made it fun.

I will miss classes on Thursday.  That also disappointed me.

In my American Literature class today, all we did was read poetry by Robert Frost.  That’s what we were going to do Thursday as well.

One poem we read today really struck me.  It was called Nothing Gold Can Stay.

Nature’s first green is gold

Her hardest hue to hold

Her early leaf’s a flower

But only so an hour

Then leaf subsides to leaf

So Eden sank to grief

So dawn goes down today

Nothing gold can stay

Nature’s first growth is gold, but then turns to green.  The early leaf resembles a flower, but turns to a leaf shortly thereafter.  The gold is not there for long.  The leaf turns to a leaf of lower quality.  Eden was perfect, but sin came.  The sun came up but it always goes down.  Anything that is good, will eventually fade away.

$160 fine

20 hours of community service

a broken finger

surgery

Life has been difficult for me, but I can still smile.  At least I’m not bored.

I’ll soon be off to explore the west, and I’ll watch that golden sun descend in a desert valley.

A single day is a very good thing, but it can not stay.

Another one must come, so it too can play.

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