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]une lk 6, 2016 ..................... li | . Jean "From the Heart" ' ' I I I I== r r I'' Ill!liE Each pearl is unique. Even in Is it me, or have the past few weeks been full of tragic loss of a strand of matched pearls, there life? Memorial Day Mondayalone, are subtle and beautiful differ- four friends-of-friends were killed ences from one pearl to the next. in two motorcycle accidents. Just Enjoy their beauty. They myste- out for a good ride when, smack, it riously radiate warmth and light was over. from within. Several in our community have Pearls come in all colors, from died far earlier than we who are white and creamy yellow through left behind would have liked. The pastel colors and all the way to gray evil in Orlando this weekend. And and black. It is often the rare col- now we learn that the president ors that have the most value, but of St. Cloud State University was each pearl is valuable. Again, who killed in a car accident last night, would throw away a pearl because It's got everyone thinking about it's not the color they expected? life-and-death issues, for sure. The Do we care who harvested the two things we have little control of pearl? Does it make the pearl any in life are our birth and our death, more or less valuable because It's everything in-between that we of who pried it out of the oyster? have to make count, regardless of Of course not. The pearl doesn't the time span there, care the race or religion (or lack Setting aside the "box of choc- thereof) of the person who har- olates" analogy, I believe that life vests it, or the one who wears it. is like a bunch of pearls. Each And political beliefs or leanings pearl represents someone in our never enter the equation. life, and each can be strung on The wearer of the pearls, hope- special threads: family, school, fully strings and strings of beauti- work, friends, neighbors, acquain- ful pearls, isn't obsessed with the tances, mentors, and more. value of each individually. No one Each pearl (person)is lustrous would tell everyone they meet, in its own right, regardless of the "You see this slightly blue pearl size or shape or color. Only a few here? It's worth as much as all the pearls will be perfectly shaped restofthesepearls."Norwouldwe and large, most natural pearls will point out the slightly less lustrous, be a little lumpy and smallish. Yet lumpy one in the middle there. Of who would cast away a pearl just course not! We wear our pearls, because it may be small, or blue any and all of them, proudly and when we wanted yellow? beautifully. Pearls are best when they're So please, I urge you, cherish worn regularly. Keep them tucked the pearls in your life. Tell them away in a box, and you may one you appreciate them, while you day find only dust. Wear 'em loud can. Say good things when you and proud. Keep them away from think them: yon may be the only harsh chemicals, of course, as one who does today. Wear the these can damage and even ruin pearls; don't save them in a box pearls. Protect them. Love them. to turn to dust. (Likewise, use the Once in awhile, a "toxic" pearl good dishes, wear the new clothes will arise among the rest. This - what are you saving them for?) would be a pearl to remove from Humans are social animals. We the strand and set aside in the box, need each other. We need to treat before it ruins the whole strand, each other better, onedayatatime. Such are individuals in our lives, We need to treat ourselves bet- from time to time. ter, too. Each of you reading this Sometimes a strand breaks: we is a magnificent, unique pearl. graduate, change jobs, a friend or You're here for a reason, even if family member dies. When the you haven't found that reason yet. other pearls fall to the floor, we Learn, do, live, love - now, while pick them up and either add them you can. to another string, or set them aside On a final note, please be care- in the box to be re-strung later, ful - full of care - while driv- No one would leave pearls to be ing. Watch out for motorcycles. ground into dust just because the Pay attention to driving, not your string broke, phone. Your phone can wait, your family can't. Jill "Slices of Life" My husband and I have always every line of "Toy Story" when we it doesn't. Or maybe I'm simply a tried to make our family a prior- were watchingit for the 137th time slow learner. Someone asked me ity. It is the one aspect ofparenting and embraced our breathless- ifI thought I'd cry on Friday. The we can agree on. Still, after years ness as we ran behind the wobbly answer is yes; I'll probably cry. I ofplanningkid-friendlyvacations, two-wheeled bicycle the day we know I'll cry. chaperoning field trips to the zoo took the training wheels off, each But we call those happy tears. or museum, warming the bleach- moment clicked by and was done Bittersweet tears that come when ers at youth sporting events and almost before it began because the privilege of experiencing a attending school holiday concerts, that is the nature of time.certain moment in time causes I have the nagging feeling I could That's the thing. There are no your eyes to water uncontrollably. have (should have) done more. I do-overs with parenthood. You I will cry. But I will also relish wanted to do more. But then I got only have right here, right now. the moment for what it is. I will tired. Or crabby. Or with each ris- You do the best you can with what hug my graduate. I will congratu- ing and setting of the sun they you have that day - that moment late others I've known since they grew a day older and I just ran out - and you hope it is good enough, were in diapers. I will take pic- of time. because you never quite know for tures and post them on Facebook. Time. Now there's a four-letter sure. So the guilt seeps in some- And I will bring Kleenex. Lots word that's working against us. It's times. Okay, oftentimes, and lots of Kleenex. a concept, really. Adding to this are the par-Jill Pertler is an award-win- When they are 2, it seems nev- ent comparison charts. Everyone ning syndicated columnist, pub- er-ending. When they are 12, it seems to be able to do so much lished playwright, author and feels like you've still got lots of - and to post it on social media member of the National Society oJ time. And then suddenly they are immediately. I'm glad I didn't have Newspaper Columnists. Don't miss 18 or 20 - or whatever it is that to keep up with Facebook when a slice;follow the Slices of Life page makes them adults - and it has my kids were young, on Facebook. ended: the time for reading "Go This weekI'm anticipating high Dog Go" or the magic of the Tooth school graduation and sighing a Fairy or accompanying them to lot. My son came home last week the restaurant restroom or myr- with his cap and gown. (Sigh.) lad responsibilities and opportu- And his final yearbook (Sigh.) It's EASYto renew nities parenting of kids when they He attended his senior banquet, or subscribe/ are kids provides. (Sigh.) He is finishing up his last RTor nh Thinking back on it all, there tennis season. (Sigh.) The senior --jmail, never was enough time. My hus- slide show is this week. (Sigh.) fax, web, or band and I did our best, but there Graduation is on Friday. (Deep e-mail. is always more you can do. More sigh.) quality parenting to be had. And He is my third. 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