Hand-Me-Downs/ The Daily Post



“Clothes and toys, recipes and jokes, advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs every day. Tell us about some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life”.


I was the oldest child so I didn’t get hand-me-down clothes. We didn’t get used toys either, so I guess I am no expert in those areas.

Now that I am older I am more aware of how quickly money slides out of our fingers.


I  will wear used clothing now. I will purchase a used item from another person. I have changed.

I love to go to Goodwill and Salvation Army stores now. If I am careful in my choosing, I also enjoy visiting the Dent & Bang stores that sell food in a less desirable looking box than the grocery store prefers.

I have stated this several times through these prompts that the best thing I own that is used, is my paperback book called, Black Like Me. It is made of gold in my eyes.

The other hand-me-downs that I have received that I didn’t enjoy as much earlier as I do now that I am  older are the bits and pieces of advice given to me by my parents. Oh, I admit, when they voiced their opinions, sometimes I thought they were way out there.

I mean  how could our parents possibly understand what we were going through or thinking. They were so old. Oh how wrong I was. I remember a piece of advice that my grandmother gave me so many years ago.

It didn’t click in my brain then, but it sure does now. She used to tell me, kids will step on your apron strings when they are little and on your hearts when they are grown.

What an absolute truth that is. If you try to tell me that your children have never broken your heart in some way, you must not live on planet earth. I am not saying our kids do it on purpose; but let’s face it, we are a different generation. They are taught different from we were; so therefore, they think different today. The good thing, at least for me is; I love my kids. I have faults, I say things wrong, I hurt without intention, and so do they. Forgive me and forgive them, that is my motto.

In the end though after getting away from the main topic I have to admit that the best hand-me-downs I have ever received are words; words of wisdom from wise old owls.





Time Is Not On Our Side

It is that time of year again. Time to bow our head and say a prayer to the one above. We should be thanking God that we did survive 9/11. Many were taken from loved ones. We watched in horror on our television sets as the disasters happened; feeling hopeless and praying like crazy that those people would remain alive.

Today is a very good day to put into practice where we are at in our own lives. There  have  been rumors floating about the attack coming once again. Whether this is true or not; it does bring to mind what I mentioned above.

No matter where you live or how rich or poor, if an attack happens in our area, are we ready? If we had a half an hour in advance warning that we would not have our homes, our children, our jobs or families or our own lives, what would be the first thing on our minds?

This is nothing like hearing a tornado siren coming.




It wouldn’t be a warning on the television asking you to close all of your windows due to high winds and too much rain. No, this would be a warning that the only one who would be in touch with it would be ourselves.

Maybe our first instinct would be to check and see where our medications are or grab our most important items out of the safe; but let’s face it, does any of that matter when we may be facing our last half hour of our lives?

Now is the time to take warning. Check out where your heart is. Do you know for a fact that you will go to heaven? Is there doubt? Today, September 10, 2-14 we have time. Time to make changes, time to change our priorities, but let’s not fool ourselves. There really isn’t as much time as we believe there is.