Posted December 14, 2006: Well, deer season has
opened and harvest is finally winding down, so it must be coming
up on the Christmas time of year.
Things start to slow down around here during these early weeks
of December. We get a brief rest before the conference season starts
and then it’s on to spring planting. We can’t completely
shut down since there are equipment repairs to make, seeds to order
article) and supplies and equipment to buy.
Speaking of buying and making lists…the coming of the holidays
also means it’s time to think about giving the people closest
to you a gift, just a little something to let them know how special
they really are. I always have trouble picking out just the right
gift for someone, especially if you can’t find it at the hardware
Here’s the honest truth: I find it much easier to pick out
gifts for myself. I think about things I know I need, the things
I think I need and things I just plain want. I can come up with
important items for the farm, the shop, for my hobbies. Boy, the
list is endless.
I know that sort of defeats the purpose of giving gifts…you
know, giving to yourself.
My wife always says “You’re so hard to buy for.”
“Not me,” I say. “I’m easy to buy for.”
In fact I was just thinking today that a nice set of flex-head ratcheting
wrenches would be the perfect gift to give to myself. Or, maybe,
since I was really good this past year—a new gooseneck trailer.
See—I’m easy to buy for!
But, the task at hand is to think of what others might want for
a gift, something to remind them that I took the time to think about
them. And, the more time I spend thinking about it, the more I begin
to realize that gifts don’t need to be “things”
Maybe what I give those close to me is already enough: a warm dry
home to live in, a farm to feed us, friendship, love and support.
But maybe what I need to give them is more of myself—more
of my time, all through the year. More of who I really am. More
of what makes all of our lives special to each other. A better ear
for listening, more time to assist a neighbor, time to play with
the kids or attend their activities, or maybe just a helping hand
where it’s needed.
So that’s what I’ll do—I’ll make a list
of all the things I can give to those around me that aren’t
really “things” at all, but are far more important.
I don’t know how I’ll wrap them, but I’ll figure
So to all of you, I wish for you all those intangible “things”
that really do express the true sentiments during this joyous season
and throughout the year.
Now, to be on the safe side—should all my loved ones just
decide to give me more of themselves—I’d better head
off to find some traditional gifts for a special someone. Like maybe
I’ll just go to the hardware store to see if they happen to
have a set of flex-head ratcheting wrenches.
You know, just in case.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
From One Farm to Another