Saturday, December 31, 2016

WHAT? A year only last a year?

Shucks, there are many things that last a long time, but hey, you get a NEW YEAR and too soon it wears out. It only lasts a year.  They age fast. You see a baby new year and before you know it, there is a man with a long beard. I have had 77 of 'em, and none has lasted over 12 months, that is it! NO extended warrantee, nothing more.  365 (maybe 366) days, that’s it. Don't expect more from 2017, you ain't gonna get it.

I was so thrilled with 2016, I ENJOYED USING IT. Shucks, even bought a house. I got lost (mentally), involved in a bathroom addition.  Just a while ago Sherry tells me, "IF you bought that wood portrait from Eric and you want the check to read 2016 you will have to write it tonite, 2016 is GONE at midnight!" (basically that is what she said)

"WHAT? GONE? Just when I was beginning to enjoy it." 


We are told to use our time wisely.  Good advice because WE are not guaranteed another year, not even an hour. Sherry and I were talking today of the few deaths in our family that were a shock, immediate shut down.  Most of the deaths came after a serious illness and death was expected. I had two cousins (Billy and Charles) killed in  accidents, BIL S.A. passed one night unexpectedly as they camped on the Blue Ridge Parkway BUT the one most shocking was Sweet Susie Harris, Sherry's mama. 
                          Susie Hawes Harris  1904-1965

 (She worked most of her life in the cotton mills while giving birth and raising 7 children starting full time work at age of 12)
Several members of the family were at Sherry's sister's house. Susie was there talking, laughing. She had cut Mark's and Wiley's hair that morning and all seemed to be well.  She was with us one moment the next she was gone and the effort to save her failed, it was a massive heart attack.

That incident shocked us more than any other.  We saw a VISUAL of how fast ONE can leave this life.  So Just because it is a new year in a few hours, doesn't mean you will use up the year's warrantee, the year has a warrantee, not you. Live well, live good, smile and LOVE life, appreciate each moment. NOW is all we have promised of 2017.

Thanks for taking the time to read the Shipslog. I hope the NEW YEAR is good to you and you are here to see 2018. (I remember when I could not even visualize this kind of numbers!)

Nite Shipslog


Paula said...

Happy New Year Jack and Sherry. May 2017 be your best year yet.

Glenda said...

Happy New Year!!!

Mevely317 said...

Wonderful reminder of the fragility that we call Life.

Anymore I catch myself making plans for tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, when this little voice inside my head whispers, "God willing ...."

Sad to see the "Old Man" stumble off-stage, but excited what 2017 has in store!

betty said...

2016 went by so incredibly fast, even though the second half was a bit traumatic here (and still so) But I'm grateful God provided and protected, so we will see what 2017 has in store!

Happy New Year Jack and Sherry!


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I too experienced that visual with my DDH having a sudden fatal heart attack. Life is short and we don't know how many days we have. I have learned to appreciate and be thankful for each one I get. Happy New Year to the two of you ! Best of wishes for a very Happy year !

Dar said...

Just as my Dad said laughing at the dinner table after reading a MIL joke, he said, "ya know, laughter really IS the best medicine," and then he slid out of his chair and died. He was also a great man loved by all those whose lives he touched. You're right Jack, we have no warranty and God will take us home when HE and HE alone has better plans for us.
Happy New Year our friends.
love from up north where our new year is starting out calm

Back Porch Writer said...

Happy New Year you two! I'll let you know when I set up a new public blog. Just the end of an era and ready for a change. Need one that doesn't mention work stuff too. I'm always way too open. Ya'll have a great week!

Rick Watson said...

Good advice Jack. LIfe is short. Use it well. Be sweet.



shirl72 said...

Happy New Year to you and Sherry...Life is good and you are right we need to enjoy every day.

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