9. Work

I enjoy watching things get old and worn. It makes me feel like we’re really living when we wear down the things in our house like the floors, the paint and the upholstery. I like to wear out a pair of shoes, too. I want to feel like I got my money’s worth. I have over 100,000 miles on my car. Together, that Toyota and I have a lot of road wear.

 

My father is about seventy-eight years old. He’s got a lot of miles on him as well. But he still comes to work every day. We eat lunch together a lot. I love him. We’re best friends. His stories get better with time, and somehow they even seem to become more important. I hope I’ll always be able to remember his stories.

 

This old laptop that I use has seen its better day. The case is cracked in several places, and it needs a new battery; I’ve dropped it several times, but I just can’t seem to get myself to buy a new one. I guess that I’m just used to this old thing. Plus, I’ve got a lot of files on it that I’d have to transfer, and that’s a lot of trouble. There’s no telling how many sentences I’ve typed on this keyboard.

 

Look at the things around you, friend. How many loads of clothes have you washed in your old washing machine? And how man pounds of grass have you cut with that old lawn mower. How many hamburgers have you cooked on that old grill? And how many golf shots have you sliced with those clubs of yours?

 

Days 9-11 Guide

 

You’re on earth for only a short while; we’re all going to wear out so be sure to take advantage of your time here. Wear a few things out. Mow that lawn, wash those clothes, and drive that car. But most importantly, love your friends and family. People worn with love age better.

 

© 2005, Levi Hill

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