Friday, April 6, 2012

Another day


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH
Express Staff Writer

I got up and turned off "Dance Moms—Miami" on the Lifetime channel and wondered if it was a time to reconsider the values in life. I quickly determined that it wasn't the time or the place and got on with my day.

Another day of rain waits. The snow has melted from the neighborhood lawns. The rivers are high and running in high gear. There's minor flooding in the south county. There'll be enough water for the crops this year. We're all going to make it through one more year.

There'll be camping trips to the mountains, barbecues in backyards, parades in the streets, baseball and softball and soccer in the fields. Some people will marry, some will break up, many will graduate, and some will fail and have to battle back. Some will be born and some will pass on. It's all part of life in the Wood River Valley, 2012, in the year of our Lord.

Accidents happen, miracles don't, people adjust, and a few will go broke. There's laughter for many, tears for the rest, pain for the older, gain for the best. Life just keeps on going and we are its guest.

And, as a guest in this lifetime, I should like to point out a few items that, frankly, make no sense to me at all. This "war thing" really doesn't work because, unlike natural disasters, we can control it simply by not participating.

If a tornado hits, we are in it. If war comes, we don't have to play. We can take our marbles and go home and fight for what is important like jobs and health care and loving life each day.

We can bond with our children and play with our pets; tend to our gardens and pay off our debts. We can try to be happy and pass the hard tests, mingle with neighbors and watch the sunsets. This year can be magic. This year can be bold. This year is important, as we all grow old.

Relax and enjoy your day.

Nice talking to you.




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