So is this too much to ask? I want to open savings accounts for my granddaughters. Just something small to get them started and I intend to occasionally put money into each account (I have two granddaughters). The major bank that my son and daughter-in-law use wants $5.00 per month for balances under $300.00! Really? I found one that only requires a $50.00 deposit and charges $1.00 per month if the balance goes below the $50.00 mark. These are the same people who are offering interest rates that are little more than if you kept the money in the sock draw like grandma did. I just want the kids to get the idea that they need to save to get the little things that they want. I realize that you don’t get rich this way but it’s a start.
I’ve learned that we should try to live day by day. That doesn’t mean don’t plan it simply means savor each day and let the next day take care of itself. Having said that my very active mind is revisiting ideas that I have had in the past and I can’t seem to shut it up. I am again entertaining the idea of returning to school. It’s such a bizarre idea that I can’t believe it. Frankly, I’m not sure that I can handle the rigor of higher education. On the other hand I am intrigued by the idea of continuing my education. So we’ll see what happens. I don’t want to rule anything out. Who knows what can happen. I am open to the possibility.
Okay I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. If you are a man and your hair is gray or salt and pepper when you go home tonight, do not use that black hair dye or as my friend calls it the shoe polish dye and come to work tomorrow. IT DOES NOT LOOK NATURAL!!! Especially if you do the mustache! You do realize that people are snickering when you leave the room. Just saying.
My students get tired of me telling them how media and technology are ruining our ability to imagine and create but I believe that it’s true. My Mom was born in 1916 and she often talks about how they entertained themselves pre-TV. She said that my Great Aunts and Uncles would entertain by playing the guitar and piano and singing. She was and is a prolific reader and spent many an evening reading to amuse herself. She passed that love of reading on to me.
My friends and I could play outside all day with a pair of skates, a jump rope and a dollar for penny candy. Today I saw a commercial for the movie Carrie. I thought it was for the original on TV but it wasn’t. They have actually remade Carrie. Does that make my point?
Ordinarily I am sad when summer ends but this year for me personally, I’m not sorry to see it go. Perhaps one day I will go into detail but let’s just say that I was not able to do what I set out to. I didn’t compete in my scheduled Triathlon and will have to wait until next year to do it. So no crying over split summers. I officially began training for the 2014 season. Not sweating the small stuff as they say.
Lee Thompson Young former Disney star apparently committed suicide early today. I didn’t know him as the “Famous Jett Jackson” but had watched him on Rizzoli and Isles” for several seasons now. He didn’t look the same to me this season but certainly I didn’t see trouble in his eyes. This scares me because more and more young people see death as the solution to their problems.
I can’t begin to understand how they feel because I don’t feel that way. I know that there are people out there willing to help if they are reached out for. All we can do is keep in touch and pray that the person facing these issues looks for help.
Today at church a young man came up to me and hugged me and thanked me for encouraging him the week before. At first I was thinking what did I do? I thought some more and said to myself I guess that telling him perhaps learning patience was the lesson that he was to get from his recent undiagnosed illness. I told him that this summer for a variety of reasons I had begun to learn the same lesson. Things are not always done in our time frame but one way or another they get done. Any way, after two separate hospitalizations he finally has a diagnosis and is receiving treatment. He is beginning to feel better and I was happy to hear that news. I didn’t think I did any thing and he felt differently.
So if the kind words are in your heart, let them out of your mouth. They may help some one.