| 6/18/2019 5:25:00 PM

Country MoonI love the idea of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the other “special” holidays that are set aside to honor those who mean so much to us. Yes, sometimes it gets a little crazy, we just get past one holiday and another one is upon us.

Commercialism is largely responsible for this. Merchants seize the opportunity to capitalize on our almighty dollar. They promote holidays almost to the point of making us feel guilty if we don’t buy a gift and, on top of that, the perfect gift to show those we love how much we care. They convince us that a material thing can do that.

Especially for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, there is the added stress of what to buy. By the time they have raised their kids, parents pretty much have everything they need or want. Of course, there are always new gadgets on the market that they probably shouldn’t live without. But then, in retrospect, why do you think parents of young adults have so many yard sales? It’s to recycle all the new gadgets that they just can’t live without so they can make room for new gadgets!


There is a better way and it doesn’t cost a dime. It is the gift of time, a gift that, ironically, is harder to give than a material thing. How many times have you thought of stopping to spend some time with Mom, Dad, Grandma or some other special person in your life but you didn’t do it because you had to go to the store (to buy the gift), pick up the kids, take junior to baseball practice or some other errand. Oh, the intentions were good, you didn’t have time today but you would tomorrow is how you rationalize it. But tomorrow never seems to come. I am so guilty of this too. The blame goes to the modern world we live in and the demands it puts upon us.

It does take some effort to give this most precious gift of time. A case in point happened this week. Ron received the best Father’s Day gift a few days early this year from his son Rodney Scruggs. As everyone knows, this year the weather has been every farmer’s enemy instead of friend. Too much rain and at the wrong time has delayed getting crops in the ground. Here in central Indiana, farmers are still struggling.

6/21/2019 9:29:53 AM

Lois, yes, time is a precious thing that can not be saved for the future. It has to be used now in the present. No one can buy more time; no one can change time; and no one can re-use time. The question becomes how can we use time to enrich our life. I happen to believe as your post clearly states it's by using time to cultivate relationships. I have a passion for gardening but that passion overflows in to the people garden as well. If I don't cultivate the relationships then weeds begin to grow up and will over take the garden. If I don't plant encouraging words into relationships, then nothing productive will result. If I don't water the garden with good conversations, then it will dry up and wither. ***** No one gets more time than anyone else. We all get the same amount of time. I believe how we manage time will determine how successful we become in life. I don't measure success by bank accounts or stuff we accumulate. Money and stuff don't equate to happiness and joy. ***** Have a great day spending time with those you love. ***** Nebraska Dave ***** Urban Farmer

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