Happy National Watch Day! Rich in 500 years of history and nostalgia, watches are not only crafted for telling time, but have always been a symbol of something personal, a statement of who we are. Timepieces are often passed down from generation to generation, often gifted as a rite of passage, and essentially become heirlooms.

Since social media includes the clocks and alarms on devices, watchmakers have had to become creative with timepieces, mostly replicating vintage watches to be worn as accessories.

However, there are those of us who still use a watch for telling time. I personally like watches with a second hand and numbers. Those watches with little markers instead of numbers can be a bit confusing. And digital watches are too glaring. It seems easier to me to take a quick look at my wrist and check my watch than to check my phone.

Of course, the young people of today have a difficult time telling time unless the digital numbers are flashing before them. It is amazing to me how soon the digital age has taken over.

How did your Father’s Day celebration go? Did the fathers in your family have a good day?

The question was asked – What defines who gets to be celebrated as a father? My answer is those men in your life who have had a positive influence on your life. It could be a grandpa, dad, uncle, brother, son, pet parent, close family friend. etc. They are not perfect, they don’t pretend to be – they want the best for you, they love you. They don’t walk away; they don’t give up. They create memories with you; they tell you they love you. I know it is hard for some men to say words of encouragement. At times, it seems all they can do is criticize.

Which reminds me of this past Sunday’s message at church. And it wasn’t meant just for fathers. We are called to declare war on what we think and say. The saying goes, “It isn’t what goes into our mouth that is the problem, it’s what comes out of it.”

Hurtful words can never be taken back. They stab deep into one’s mind and are never forgotten. They lurk there in the back, playing on our insecurities. So, be reminded to think before we speak, message, text, post, etc., because we will be asked on judgment day, “What did you mean by what you said or wrote? Is that really what you wanted to be remembered for?” Pretty sobering, when you really think about it.

Back to our Father’s Day celebration, we had takeout again, but sushi this time, from one of the local restaurants. Everyone ate their favorite roll or rice dish. For dessert, we enjoyed gourmet ice cream sandwiches. All the food was so delicious; I think we will be having a repeat for our next celebration.

I love takeout celebrations because no one is stuck in the kitchen cooking, and it gives us a chance to visit. And, boy, did we visit.

The conversations were all over the place – politics, high school graduations, business garbage rates, eradicating rodents, recent demise of certain TV series, books versus movies, to name a few.

Lots of food was gifted to our fathers. Food is always a winner. And no one went home hungry. It was a good day, and memories were made.

Dates to remember:

Tomorrow, June 20 – Summer Solstice, the longest day and shortest night

Wednesday, July 3 – Herald Community Club meeting, 7 p.m. at Hendrickson Training Center.

Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.