Hope is the thing, really...
This economy thing is really getting old, isn’t it? Too many people are out of work, looking for work, struggling with low-paying jobs, living in cars or under the stars. Shelters are full, bellies are empty and hope is dwindling.
Or is it? Due to the poor state of the economy, some things are changing for the good. People are focusing on reducing debt and increasing savings. In order to save, some families are cutting out expenses such as movies and dining out, and instead are packing a lunch, making dinner, eating leftovers, visiting the library and purchasing products online.
Less time at the movies or shopping means more time at home. A visit to the local library is often a family affair. In addition to books, you can also check out DVDs, CDs, and magazines. My library has bicycles that can be checked out!
Another great feature at my local library is a "free" table where you can recycle magazines. Instead of tossing my read magazines into the trash, I take them to the library where they will be shared with others. The best thing about this table is picking up magazines I would never subscribe to on my own. And of course, when I finish with them, I bring them back to the free table.
Remember playing rummy, Go Fish, Boggle, Monopoly, backgammon and cribbage? Yeah, I do too. Some of my best memories are of gathering around a table playing a game with my family and then later with my children. This past summer when I had eleven family members staying at my house we played charades. It was a blast! The topic was movies, and the kids (ranging in age from 9-18) were a hoot.
The evening was full of laughter, cost us no money, included lots of interaction, was family-centered and chock full of memories. It was a page from my past.
The downturn in the economy could actually be a blessing. Someday, we’ll be saying, “Remember that year when we learned how to play cribbage?" Or the winter we created works of art using Stroke of Fun, played Yatzee, learned to play chess, or just spent time reading?
Hope is the thing, isn’t it?