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Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-11-2004 at 05:14:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
....Clink talking about what she had with our kids. She's out a couple times visiting with other seniors, these fols short in vivid memory the missing good times with their kids. While most worked, they also bought this`n'that for this kid and that one.

Clink's reminising a many a good time she had with our chldren the time she spent with them. Note enough money to buy each one of'em everything, we learned to make do, share, and resoursfulness.

I have to think the time we spent on the kids went further than a dollar would have. And, a great deal more rewarding than any extra buck we might have earned not hearing what a child might have had to say had we missed it.

I think I can be thankful I missed the rat race.

Michael M    Posted 03-11-2004 at 05:32:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only the rats ever win the rat race anyway.
What you say about time being worth more than material stuff to kids is true, at least my son says it is. He lives with his mom in Florida most of the year, but has always spent his summers with me. He is almost 16 now, and has told me that he remembers all of the time we spent traveling and camping more than he remembers the gifts I got him. He has a few that I made for him when things were really tight, like a knife I forged. Those he says are priceless to him, even with their imperfections.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-11-2004 at 05:54:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Absolutely; and, should he lay that knife down, all kinds of memorries will flashback for him whenever he should pick it up again.
Both of ya have something money can't buy, and nobody can take away. Memory, priceless.

We all spend more-time than money on our kids, they'll know better patients, work ethic, mannors, selfasurance that kid will be well prpared to make us proud. And, best of all, the kid wont know they're doing it.

My kids make me proud. God's blessed them.

sdg    Posted 03-11-2004 at 06:47:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
What you both said is true. I was pretty spoiled growing up as I was the only kid at home, my brothers and sister are 16,17,20and 21 years older than me. But I can honestly say I can't really remember what all my parents bought me, but I can remember what they taught me and the times we shared. I remember going hiking and camping with them and just sitting around telling stories about thier youth. I still to this day love hearing their stories. And my kids do to. And I belive because of my upbringing, My kids will be better people because of that. Sure they have Playstation 2's and games galore, but They also have animals to take care of and if they want something extra then it is up to them to earn it. Believe me we don't have alot of money, but what my kids do have, they have earned and because of that, they will be better adults. I want thier memories to be as mine are...full of love and happiness not everything that cluttered my room or hung in my closet.

Grove r    Posted 03-11-2004 at 06:42:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin, Fernan, Michael, or should I say "hilsne",.....know what ya mean on the good times verses store bought gifts....both my wife and I have "made" stuff for the kids over the years, and the only thing they have left are the things we made...not so good writing boxes and coffee tables, sewing cabinet, and alot of other what I call "junk" that I keep telling them to throw out.....Doris, on the other hand makes the nice stuff....for each of the kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, on their twelve birthday get an afghan with their respective initial in the middle...bout a dozen so far. And all the clothes, including wedding dresses that she has made. the clothes are the only things that are not kept...maybe...oh, and crocheted bedspreads, tablecloths and the like...last couple years she has made up a family album for each of the kids, for christmas, of family members of yesterday, as far back as we can get pictures, kinda like a family tree that can be added to.....all kept safely guarded....the store bought stuff.... gone. 'nuff...R.E.L.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-11-2004 at 08:50:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cut it out, Grove r.
Your thread has brought a tear to my eye; and, tough men don't cry.

Clink has made so much baby-blanket stuff and given it away. Our kids, the nieghbor kids (wed & babe showers), and more recently the local hospitals.
These blankets, I hear are just important to (primy baby) new Mom's as teddy bears are to hurt or lost children.

Thank's a lot for sharing.
Thanks a-lot for everyone shareing!

Bob/Ont    Posted 03-11-2004 at 07:37:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Morning Grover, yep home made things are the best to give people.
Later Bob

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