‘Tis the Gift to be Simple

Shenandoah National Park

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
’tis the gift to come down where you ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

Traditional Shaker Song

Yesterday I mentioned the traditional pool opening weekend. I also mentioned that our neighborhood pool is a thing of the past.

Yesterday, I got a little nostalgic about the pool of my youth. I was listening to some 70s era music on Pandora. By the way 70s era music is the best music. You can write that down.

The music too me back to the summers when I was a child and early teen.

The pool would open on Memorial Day weekend. I would be there when the doors opened and when they closed. All summer long.

My family didn’t take vacation trips. That’s another story. So, except for a possible week or two at a church

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camp, I was at the pool.

Those were simpler times.

Times when my greatest stress factor was getting the books back to the library on time.

I was, after all “The Best Boy Reader” in the summer before my 5th grade year.

Sometimes I miss simplicity.

In our continuing theme of assessing priorities, I’ve put a few things on the back burner this week.

One a larger commitment. Two were self-imposed deadlines.

They can wait.

And, in a suprising way, I feel good about all of it.

I’m not sure when life got so busy.

Somewhere over the past fifty or so years I went from carefree days at the pool to not having enough time to get things done.

I don’t think my parents felt that pressure. Life in a small town perhaps.

Certainly the fact that there was no internet and, at our house, we could only get the NBC and CBS affiliates. We had to go across town to watch ABC at a family member’s house.

I didn’t see The Brady Bunch until we got cable when I was in middle school.

The scars have almost healed.

I can’t spend every summer day at the pool anymore. I’m not sure that I would want to.

But there’s a part of me that misses a time when that was my only agenda item for the day.

I’m not ready for the rocking chair. In fact I’m not sure that I ever will be.

But, simplicity. I like the idea.

I’ll work on it.

When I get the time.

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The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

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