A Timely Gift

vintage, valuableWhen my mother passed away, I inherited her anniversary clock. It had been purchased when I was a baby and always sat on the mantle of my childhood home.

The clock sits beneath a glass dome. It has a pendulum with four brass balls which rotate slowly in one direction and then the other. An annual winding is all that’s required.

I was honoured that as mom’s time ran out, the timepiece she loved came to reside with me. My mom’s life exemplified the importance of sharing time with others. She was a lifelong volunteer and even at the age of eighty, frequently drove ‘old people’ to medical appointments or to get groceries.

The clock has been in my possession for over twenty years now and for most, if not all of that time, has been purely ornamental. In our recent move, the delicate clock suffered damage to the pendulum clip. Since it needed repair, I decided this was a good time to have it restored to running order.
Anniversary Clock
The clock was returned to me a few weeks before my birthday. Both of us are old enough to be considered vintage. That means we’re not yet antique, but are becoming more valuable with the passing of time!

The combination of the anniversary clock and anniversary of my birth have me reminiscing. Moments of time replay in my mind. The joys, heartaches and lessons of my past have contributed to who I am today. How I currently spend my time will influence my life tomorrow. My goal is to invest it wisely.

Only I can give the gift of my time. When I share it with you, I am giving you a portion of my life. By taking the time to read this, you have done the same for me. Thank you, my friends, for spending your valuable time with me today. You have given me the best gift possible.

6 thoughts on “A Timely Gift”

  1. Thank you Tandy for such a beautiful piece. Although by many accounts people find time weighing on their hands during the pandemic, it is a precious gift. Thanks so much for the reminder. On another note, I am now going to repair a similar timepiece given to me by my father!

    1. Time is a precious gift and I’m guilty of wasting too often. I’m happy you’re going to restore your clock. May it remind you of the time you enjoyed with your father.

  2. Dear Tandy:

    I loved the story of your dear Mom and the beautiful clock. My parents had one like that as well. You, my dear cousin, are using your time so well. Your life is full of you sharing yourself, your time, your many talents, and unique thoughts. You are a blessing to the God who made you and saved you for this purpose “at such a time as this”. Let your clock remind you that you are and always have been loved. Thanking God for YOU !!! Shirley

    1. Thank you, Shirley. The clock is a beautiful reminder to live my days in the best way possible. I so appreciate your kind words and affirmation.

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