TIME...the lost gift, the "difficult-to-find" gift, the gift that requires putting the many, many "things" of the holiday on the back burner for an hour or two and focusing on each other. Whether it be family, friends, neighbors, or acquiantances, "time" remains the most difficult of gifts to give.
The demands are so great for this season of the year, the time seems to be fleeting, so hence, the "gift of time" goes ungiven. I am finding in my life right now, that the older ones among us, long for our time and attention. The youngest ones among us, long for our time and attention, and all those in-between, long for it too. In fact, I personally can think of no greater gift.
Time to play games. Time to sit and share coffee. Time to eat dinner around the table together. Time to laugh, to commiserate, to catch up on each other's daily lives. You can't run to Walmart and buy it, you can't click on to Amazon and order it, you can't call a 1-800 number and request it...no, it is more difficult than any of those steps, to find and to give. It is priceless!
"Undivided time" is an even more valuable gift to give. Because "undivided time" means putting away the iphones, the texting, the teleivision, and all interruptions that are the 24/7 happenings in our daily lives, and focusing only on those who are with you. Wow! Now, we are talking serious "gift giving", but, I venture to guess, that it (time) would be the number 1 item on everyone's Christmas gift this year. Would you agree?
It was not the two little plastic, purple, pools from the dollar store, filled with colorful plastic jumping frogs that made this happening around our kitchen table, such a fun, laughter filled, loud, and somewhat animated time period. No...it was that the big guy, and what a special big guy he is, took the time and initiative to play the simple game with the three little guys in our care. Three little guys who needed attention and needed something to occupy their time.
The laughter and the fun is still echoing in my mind as I see these pictures again. It was the "gift of time" given on an ordinary Wednesday evening, in the midst of a busy time of year. It was one of those things that memories are made of. It is what so many long for, especially at this time of the year.
Happy Friday to each and everyone of you!