We were living in Guinn, Michigan in those days ('71-'72), and my Dad was pulling one of his two tours in Vietnam. When he came home on furlough that summer, he built a real baseball diamond on a vacant lot, complete with home plate, bases, pitcher's mound, and fenced backstop for all the neighborhood kids. From ages 8-15 years, baseball was a true staple of my summer life. When my friends and I weren't practicing or playing for our respective teams, you could find many of us playing sandlot ball in our free time.
What I'm saying is simply this: I believe that we need to spend more genuine time and energy loving, engaging with, and cooperating with each other and less time chasing the dollars, and being distracted by agenda driven whore-mongers. In this land of confusion and illusion we must remember that we really do get more if we wisely settle for less. It's a transition that must be made. It's a juggling routine we in the gilded cage spend our lives attempting to master as it is, and that's the big trap for most, in the form of everything from alimony/child support to credit card debt and court fines.
Gas prices are staying high, the stores are still putting larger prices on things in smaller packages...we can't win that race...not all of us...don't you see? The dice are loaded my friends. What we can do is flip the switch and invest our time, energy, and money...in each other. This is the time to gather kith and kin close, to laugh, and live joyously. To remember that "this is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time." Love your family fiercely and authentically, however they are structured, and whatever their composition. Be generous with your smiles and your patience. Find something you like to do, and bask in happiness every single day. Spend time with people, not just money on people, and give them your best. Rediscover nature's true beauty. This is the time to turn off the television, re-focus, re-connect, put truly childish things aside, and keep our eyes on the ball.
Dave ~ Thanks for your time. I hope we get to know each other better.