Friday, November 17, 2017

One of Life's Lessons:

Here's a gift I hope you'll like, but it wasn't from a store

Money's tight for me right now and  I'd love to give you more

This gift will show my love for you so I'm sure you'll understand

Sometimes all that we can give is a loving, helping hand.

I'm back to writing and back to remembering stories that are new to all of you. Hopefully, this is the first of many.

 Earlier in the week, I was riding in the car with Jane and the subject of gifts came up. Since neither of us has won the lottery recently we decided to set a spending limit for our Christma presents to each other The story for this blog came to mind immediately.

This happened over thirty-five years ago, but I will never forget it. It was during the "Mr. Joe" years. Those were the years when my sons were still in grade school and I was broke more often than not.

Jane and I were both single parents on a very tight budget. Her son, Greg was playing little league baseball so I decided to take Mike and Jason to see his game.

It was almost time for my birthday and Jane handed me one of the best gifts ever It was a handwritten coupon for one free night of babysitting. Our West Virginia family lived over four hours away so a night out for either of us was as rare as hen's teeth. That was one of the first times that I realized that the most precious gift you can give someone is your time.

I don't think that the ink was even dry on the coupon before I used it. My sons could not have been better to me, but a night out on my own was a very rare thing. It might have even saved my sanity at the time. Everyone needs alone time at some point. We all need time to ourselves when no one is making demands.

I don't remember what I did or even where I went that night, but the quiet time was needed and appreciated. I was able to "recharge my battery".

As the holidays approach, don't let a small budget and little money stress you out. Don't worry about how much you have to spend on gifts. Jane taught me a good lesson many years ago. The most precious gift you can give anyone is your time. You only have so much of it.