Life Times Newsletter

Spring 2007
Vol. 9, No. 2

All for only $3: A grandmother’s story

Elizabeth Reinsch, Ph.D., LCSW/ACSW
uman Development Specialist

    You often hear today how money doesn’t go as far as it used to. This may be true, but let me share a grandmother’s story.

    On a sunny Saturday morning in early spring, a grandmother takes her 2-year-old grandson for a walk across the park to the neighborhood coffeehouse, where they purchase the usual medium decaf coffee and one blueberry muffin costing $3. Coffee is for Grammy, and the blueberry muffin is for the grandson, who quickly picks out all the visible blueberries and gulps down a big bite of muffin.

    Now that’s a pretty good value for $3, yet if we backtrack to the beginning of our journey, those three dollars add up to so much more.

    Consider the chubby cheeks of the 2-year-old, awaking early in the morning, running to Grammy with a smile on his face and in his impish way saying, “Coffeehouse, coffeehouse, Grammy!”

    Grammy knowingly replies, “Yes, we can go to the coffeehouse. Get dressed.”

    We get the red wagon out. My grandson and I are soon off on a journey, heading down the street, into the park. At this time of year, the park explodes with color. The magnolia trees of pink and white are in full bloom, the yellow forsythias are spilling over with abundant flowers, the jonquils and daffodils of various colors are spread throughout the lush green areas to brighten the day.

    Neighbors and strangers walk, run or bike on the paths. Dogs, birds, squirrels are everywhere. The park is full of life. The short 15 minutes it takes to walk across the park to the coffeehouse have instilled memories that hopefully will last a lifetime.

    In our society today, where the value of the dollar has decreased, there are some things that have not been affected. Regardless of the buying power of the dollar, we as grandparents, parents and families can many times get the best for our buck by giving time. How precious it is!

    Remember: The only time we actually have is the present. Not the past, which is gone. Nor the future, which is to come. Only the present is what we have to give. Give it wisely, and enjoy the little things around us.

    Yes, $3 can purchase a lot. Try it sometime!

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