I recently visited a Value Village store. Don’t get there very often and I really had very little time. I was looking for a specific piece of clothing and never did find it but I did quickly pass through the bedding section. I was shocked by what I saw~ hanger after hanger of afgahns hung and waiting to be purchased. I don’t know if people see the value in them and so they may stay there a long time. There were the brown/orange/yellow combination colours from the 60’s and 70’s, there were peach, green, pinks and blues reminiscent of the 80’s. There were even baby afgahns, barely used, perfectly crafted, soft and ready for cuddling a new infant. Why would people toss these out?
I have so few afgahns but each one I have I know the source. I also know the time involved in making one. I’m working on one right now and I have no intention of ever getting rid of it~ if I made it , it is worthy to be kept and passed down to my kids and their kids if need be. Do people no longer appreciate the value of time and the care taken by the person creating this gift? I don’t understand it.
Then there’s meals. I am so guilty of falling into the bad habits of buying pre-made, pre-packaged, preserved foods and snacks. I used to bake and cook everything from scratch but busy days and on-the-run schedules have caused me to settle for inferior foods. I am trying to reverse the trend in our house but I admit it is so hard. But even worse than saving time is the fact that the food is just not as good, especially baked goods. What could be better than a fresh cinnamon bun , warm from the oven, smothered in melting butter? You can’t buy that sort of thing. And yes, start to finish, it probably does take several hours to make .
Last week there was a radio talk show host talking about how Generation ” Y”ers(born after 1977) know very little about cooking, baking, sewing and ironing. One woman called in and made a flippant comment about how these things take too much time and when she can pay someone else to do them, why would she do it herself. I thought of how sad that statement is. We have lost the value of well-spent time.
We justify hours of TV watching as “down time”. We spend loads of money on take-out , dining out and coffee times~ all of which take time out of our schedules whether we admit it or not. Yes, it is definitely a priority issue. And sure enough, some people will agree that it simply isn’t worth it. But I would like to make the case for learning to do these seemingly mundane tasks once again. If for no other reason than to appreciate the fact that quality takes time.
And when you stop and take the time to make something from scratch you will also stop time from passing by so quickly. Consider being so busy that you pick up clothes from the cleaner, rush to pick up some supper, rush to take the kids to their clubs and sports and rush to get homework done…..and then what? What is gained by the rushing? Fatigue, crankiness, ungratefulness, and the thought of doing it all over again tomorrow? When you stop to make a meal from scratch, bread from scratch and perhaps even a quilt or afgahn, nothing else will get done in those moments, hours, days. This is true. Once you get past that fact though, you will see that because nothing else is getting done, you have the time to focus on one thing. One very important thing for you or for your family. In those moments, you suspend time. You cannot drive and run and play and rush while crocheting. It simply can’t be done. And so, if it takes you 40 hours to complete your masterpiece, it is 40 hours well spent~ sitting, listening, soaking in the moments. 40 hours to think, to relax, to focus, to meditate. Some things take time~ growing a baby, growing a garden, raising a child, perfecting a marriage, memorizing scripture, writing a book, learning a language, painting a house, refinishing an antique, rebuilding a car…………sounds like some pretty good things to take time for.