Time flies when you're married to your favorite person in the whole wide world, doesn't it? Where do the years go?
33 years ago this summer, my college friends threw a small wedding shower for me in New Jersey, and one of them gave me this simple round wall clock. It's not fancy or expensive (we were all newly minted college graduates, and none of us had two pennies to rub together); it's made of plastic and runs on one AA battery. But it has been hanging in every home we've lived in since our December 1980 wedding, and it still keeps perfect time.
To me, this humble little brown clock symbolizes the fact that the things you have in your home don't have to be costly to be useful and effective--and that you don't need to toss something out, even if it's still working, just because you have a hankering for something new. I love that old New England saying: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without." This clock has not worn out yet, and I plan to make it do until it does.
At this point, I'm so used to seeing its smiling face on the wall every day that I would actually be sad if it died on me. (Some people live for change; I live for keeping things exactly the same, forever!) That clock has been a loyal timekeeper for 33 years. May it continue to tick and tock for 33 more (and that goes for my husband and me, too)!