AN ADAGE A DAY◽ HOME
It has been one year that I have been on board with this fun and uplifting magazine. It amazes me how time has gone by. I cannot believe it has been a year! As I reminisced about this I thought about some timely quotes and adages. I thought, “There’s no time like the present” to write about them. This quote is meant to get us up and going. To never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. After all, it may be now or never.
The adage, “There is no time like the present,” is thought to have been around from the 1400’s. It began as an ancient English phrase simply to give advice for the day. It was first recorded in 1562 and has been around ever since. It has always been one of my favorites, I think because I have never really been a procrastinator, except for chores and homework. Those I would put off as long as I was allowed except on Saturdays. It was my Mama’s rule that my brother and I could not go play until our chores were done. This was Saturday’s in the 60’s for us. Did you have chores growing up?
Our chores were not difficult; but we had rather been playing. My brother’s main chores were to feed the animals and yard work. I was younger so I was given easier chores. I helped dust around the house, and I ironed. I was small in size, so I had to stand on a stool to reach the ironing board. And all I was allowed to iron were pillowcases. I always wondered if this was a made-up chore, just to give me something to do. And as if our pillowcases were not enough, I also had to go to my grandparents’ house where they lived in front of us, and iron theirs.
When we got done, we were free to go play. Sometimes I would have something planned to play and therefore hurry through my chores, and end up not doing a good job, only to be directed to do them again. And if I didn’t finish in a timely fashion, those chores would still be there the next day and I would not get to play until they were done. So, I learned what it meant to never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, as Benjamin Franklin said, and to do it right the first time. I know this was what Mama was trying to teach me but because of my ironing chore, I grew up strongly disliking ironing and I never outgrew this. I looked forward to the day I would never have to iron again.
There is another proverb that states, “Tomorrow never comes.” It means that when tomorrow arrives it then becomes today so it is never tomorrow. This basically supports the adage of never putting things off until tomorrow. It has even been made into a song and sung by greats like Garth Brooks and Elvis. But I can testify that sometimes tomorrow does come.
When I got married, my husband wore only two kinds of shirts and one kind had to be ironed. The first few months of our marriage those shirts slowly disappeared. I would sometimes think about ironing them another day. Maybe. He did not even notice them missing until several months later. His mom had given him three nice, crisp, needing-to-be ironed, shirts for Christmas. So, after I washed them, they too disappeared. I still did not think my husband noticed, but one day he asked me where they were, and I could not lie. I had to take him to the spare closet that was filled with his needing-to-be ironed shirts. Remember that adage of “Tomorrow never comes?” Well that tomorrow did come. They say time heals all wounds, but even now, before he buys a new shirt, he asks me if it will need to be ironed. I wonder why?
The years have gone by. We are still married, and I still do not iron his shirts. Time keeps on moving into the future. It is a never-ending cycle. The hands on the clock are like the waves in the ocean, going around and around, both of which only God has the control.
“This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day,
who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea
so that its waves roar-the Lord Almighty is his name,”
Jeremiah 31:35 NIV.
So, I will praise God and cherish this present time that I get to spend writing for this magazine that I love and sharing a little of what I have learned with you.
Like they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”