What do you think of when I say Treasure to you? Do you think of a pirate’s treasure chest, full of gold coins? Or what about the antique 4 poster bed that is in mint condition that has been promised you when you get married?
All those things are treasures. What about the treasures that maybe you can’t see, you know the ones I’m talking about. The ones growing up when you went to Grandma’s house, and you watched her making bread, not with the bread making machine, but the old fashioned way, kneading the dough and letting it rise for an hour, or watching her make dinner with no technology like we have these days.
Yes, those are memories too, but they are treasures as well! Let me share just a couple of mine with you. My Mom and I used to lay in our back yard on a blanket and we’d look at the sky. We would watch for those white fluffy clouds to come over and we would say-that one looks like a dragon, or a dog. I cherish those memories/treasure! Or when my folks would want some alone time, and my Grandparents would take me and my uncle for a weekend. I can remember going to Whiteface Mtn. What a treasure that was. Or fishing with my Grandfather at 6 am on the St. Lawrence River. So many treasures.
Times spent with friends and family. I could go on and on. Those are the treasures I’m talking about. I even have a friend that named her daughter Treasure. That friend understood the magick of treasures-be they people, things, or memories.
We live in a world of technology-we are always trying to improve on the old. And in trying to improve on the old, we go faster and faster. Look where we’ve come with cars-we have some you can plug in to the electrical outlet. We have come so far so fast. But what about our treasures. Most parents today have to work. That means they are coming home exhausted from a day spent going 100 miles per hour. They want to come home, put their feet up, relax for a bit, maybe have a drink, be it a martini, or a cup of tea. Okay, whose turn is it to cook? What are the kids doing, which kid will be here for dinner? And our children, where are they-up in their rooms that have computers, laptops, various game consoles, with their cell phones. Maybe doing homework, maybe talking to one of their friends, so many things going on all at the same time.
Gone are they days where Dad worked, Mom stayed home, had dinner on the table by 5:30pm, and said Grace before dinner. The kids were expected to be home so the family could all be together, and they talked!!!! They had their chores to do, then homework needed to done. Then maybe watching some tv in the family room with everyone in the same room.
Now, what treasures do we have? With everyone so busy, and there being only 1 parent households, and needing outside help-what treasures are we creating? What will happen when you get to be in your 50′s, 60′s or even 70′s? What treasures will be in your mind? Or will the constant running here and there be the only treasure you have?
Please think about this, it’s never too late to start making memories/treasures. Think of when you have your grandchildren sitting all around you, and you’re telling them about the “old days”. Are you going to tell them about plugging in your car to get power to get it moving? Or maybe on a sunny day, take them out in your back yard-lay a blanket down, and start looking at those clouds. Think what they remind you of. Or take a drive in the country, stop at some roadside stands, get the good cider that they make right on the farm, take a walk in a park when the leaves are changing color. Just start making those treasures.
Just think of that pirate’s treasure chest-put your memories in your own treasure chest and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams.
Till next time.