Each day the daily newspaper includes a list of people who have died. Most of those listed in the obituaries are older people. Regardless of age, some memories of the deceased will linger. A significant part of any memory is the legacy left behind.
Many years ago Floyd Ebey spoke at a convention that my wife and I were attending. He told a story that might be considered a parable or an analogy. The story went something like this. A wealthy man, perhaps a king, gave a speech to a large group of people. He made an offer.
The Lord's Prayer in the book of Matthew in the King James Version has 66 words. The book of Luke is even shorter. The Gettysburg Address is made up of 286 words. The Declaration of Independence totals 1,322 words.
The Sunday newspapers give a list of financial institutions and the rates that they pay o CD accounts. The shorter the deposit time, the lower the return rate. Some banks have three month CDs, most or all have six month deposits. We guess when we buy or renew CDs.
Most adults can think of acquaintances that fit many categories. There are the good luck people, the bad luck people, the lazy bunch, the ambitious ones, the happy folk and the complainers. We could probably add many more to our list. Part of this is reality, all is perception.
There is an old story about someone asking a very wealthy man the question "How much wealth would it take to make you content?" He replied, "just a little more." If a runner or a golfer improves their time or score just a little, that is good enough for now.
During the 1950s and 60s we sang an old chorus that we well might sing again. "When upon life's billows you are tempted and tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost; Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count you many blessings, see what God has done."
I went out to look for friends and didn't get any. I went out to be a friend and got many. This was written in an article long ago There is a truth in it that really works. Love, appreciation, friendship and the list could go on and on.
Father's Day was a very special day. The last get together at the old homestead was even more special because all four daughters were there. Then of course, the grandchildren and great grandchildren only added to the joy of our family get together.