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Where did the summer go?

Bonnie Simmerman, Community Voices • Oct 13, 2019 at 3:15 AM

Lately I have heard several people say thing like “Time is just flying by!” or “Where did September go?” It really does seem like time is flying by. The busier we are the faster it seems to go by.

As I look back over the summer, I can understand how it felt this way. As you anticipate certain activities, the days seem to roll by. With two grandchildren’s graduations, a son’s bike ride across Tennessee in five days, a grandson’s wedding, and a milestone birthday for myself, our family was always anticipating, preparing for, or going to the nest even. Before we knew it the summer was gone. Now it is time to look forward to the next season and the wonderful holidays it brings.

When I was young, it seemed that birthdays and special holidays were so long in coming. I especially remember how we looked forward to Christmas which seemed to never come,

When I heard this week that our Sears store is in the Mall is going to close, it reminded me of the Christmas catalog we received in the mail about this time of the year. It was so exciting to look through the toy section and dream about what we might get under the tree on Christmas morning.

I remember one year when I was about 7 or 8 years old that my sister who was just two years older than I was, happened to get hold of the catalog first when it arrived in the mail. I couldn’t wait until she got through with it, but she decided to be a little naughty and decided to take lot of time looking at all it. She turned every page from the front to the back and looked at all of it — furniture, tools, men’s clothing, etc. When she finally finished, I was so happy to browse through the toy section and dream. I guess since I remember this after so many years it shows how important that activity was to me.

Actually, time is not flying. We have the same 24 hours each day. Perhaps it is how we use these hours that is so important. We could ask ourselves if we are being good stewards of our time. Look back over your summer and ask yourself if you used your time wisely. Did you take time each day for a quiet reflection or prayer? Did you use your time to help others in need? Did you get enough sleep time? Did you take time to eat properly?

Many of us do multitasking which should help us get more things done. Whether we go through life at a snail’s pace, or at a fast speed, we should use our time wisely.

As we approach the holiday season in the next months, there will be much to do and attend to. We should be able to get it done if we remember that we still have the same number of hours that we had when we were children waiting for Christmas to come.

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