A summer vacation is good. It is usually a week or
two without obligations and no responsibilities.
I had a “forced” vacation for a few weeks because
of health related issues, so my family shipped me off to North Carolina to be under the observation of
our family nurse, Sarah. It took some readjusting of attitude to put
“my” plans on hold and just kick back and enjoy the attention of seven
grandchildren and the many North Carolina friends.
They were organized to cover four areas: Keep your
hands out of pockets, keep your feet up, butt first when getting in car,
and slow down. I finally gave in when everyone who passed by wanted to
get something for me. It was easier to just say, “A glass of water
sounds good!” I had time to read a book in one day, to be chauffeured by
grandchildren, to watch the water antics of the young swimmers, to have
visits from many friends, and to enjoy the summer sunsets on the lake.
There was a fleeting thought of how nice it would
be to have this go on forever.
Then, my attitude re-adjusted again when I was back
in Calhoun County. It is great to be back home where
chores pile up and the mail box overflows. It is good to be back at work
with deadlines, phone calls and planning for the future. I feel needed
I recalled an observation made by a minister when
he baptized a child. He noted that the parents wore expressions of
indescribable joy. They were facing decades of increased food bills,
medical needs, clothing allowances, late night worries and endless
unknown responsibilities. He said, “It is not our freedoms that keep us
alive, but our obligations.”
Whenever I feel overwhelmed with concerns, I try to
remember his words. I’m thankful for all of the challenges and problems
that come my way. As long as I am alive, God has a purpose for me on His
Thank you, Calhouners, for making me feel needed!