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Time for a thoughtful post!
Later this month, the daughter of some close family friends is getting married. Her bridal shower was the other night and I wanted to get her something special. I started looking around my house for things I was given as a wedding gift, 38 years ago, that I still use. Of course, there are just a few things that have stood the test of time and speaking of time, one of the gifts that I noticed first is this clock that we received as a gift from some of my relatives.
Throughout our marriage, this clock has hung on our kitchen wall wherever we have lived. For 38 years, it has faithfully ticked away the hours, minutes and seconds of our lives. I can only remember having to change the battery 2 or 3 times over all of the years that we have been married. (My memory may be failing me, but seriously, changing the battery doesn't happen very often!)
As I thought about the fact that this clock has been the one that I have looked at the most when I needed to know if it was time to pick up my children from school, or if it was time to start dinner, or time for my husband to get home from work or time to leave for church. I started to feel a little bit nostalgic about all of those little moments that this clock has been there for. I began to think about what a precious thing our time is and how often I have wasted it or under appreciated it. I thought about some of the little memories that are only fleeting little moments, just seconds long, that will always stay in my heart. Such as the laugh of a baby, a surprise hug or kiss from a child or my husband, a moment of dancing to the music or singing along with it, and so many more little treasures that have happened in this life of our marriage. When I look at this clock, it represents the precious time with those I love and my recognition of how quickly the time passes.
I believe that this life is just a tiny part of my existence. I believe that our spirits are eternal and that our lives will continue after death. In our religion, we believe that we can have an eternal marriage and not one that ends at death. So, while time is such a precious commodity during this part of our lives, eventually, in the eternal realm, time will mean nothing as we experience the joy of being with those that we love, forever, including those that have gone before us. But, making the time in our lives now count for good is very important to us if we want to reach that celestial place.
As I think about our friend's daughter and her fiance, just starting out together like my husband and I did 38 years ago, I feel so happy for them and for all of the moments in time that they will be seeing in their lives as time progresses. I decided that a clock would be the best gift I could give her for her Bridal Shower. (I think this is the one I got for her! I also love this one or this barnwood one.) I wrote her a note to tell her how I feel about it. She may think I am just being a little silly and mushy. You may be thinking that as well. But, I feel blessed that time has brought me to this place in my life where I feel thankful for the times of my life and excited for others to be able to have their own experiences and I pray that they will use their moments wisely so that one day they can cherish those moments as I do.
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There is something so special about receiving a gift--and a time when one is receiving so many gifts--where the giver takes time to talk about the meaning behind the gift. It's not just another salad bowl or clock--it's something someone thought about. great idea.
2/7/2018 03:28:35 pm
What a well thought out gift! I love that you included a note and I think that will make the gift all the more special. I do wish I could remember every single detail of all the good times...
2/12/2018 08:56:03 am
Helen, congratulations to you and your husband on 38 years of marriage! I so enjoyed this post! I love the idea of you looking at the clock throughout the seasons of your life so far, and all the memories that it holds for you. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party!
2/13/2018 05:35:20 pm
That is a cool idea--I will have to remember that! Thanks for sharing at Party in Your PJs!
8/18/2018 01:09:24 am
This is a very amazing post.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!