Commentary

April 13, 2012

Free time with the kids

Chaplain Aaron Klaves
452 AMW Chapel Staff

Many years ago and early in his career the late Fred Rogers — you know, Mister Rogers — was trying to get his big break in children’s television. His show was becoming popular locally but still struggling to find a national audience. One day a major network asked to meet with Rogers to discuss the possibility of syndicating his local program. During the interview one of the network executives asked, “Well, what costume will you be wearing for the show?” (At that time most children’s television show hosts dressed up as a clown or some other sort of funny character).  Fred Rogers replied, “I’ll wear what I always wear — my own clothes.” The network execs, however, strongly disagreed, insisting that anyone hosting a children’s show should wear an amusing costume. So, the meeting ended with the network passing on Fred Rogers — a rather significant error on its part. Not long afterwards, a public television station picked up his show and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was born — the rest is history. It turned out that the sneakers and cardigan sweaters (knit by his mother — no kidding) were able to communicate with Rogers’ audience just fine, thank you very much.

I use this story as a reminder for us all during this Month of the Military Child; it does not take much to get through to kids. In fact, perhaps the only necessary ingredient for making a positive impact on children is just a little bit of your time. In the Christian Bible, we learn that our lives are like a mist — here today, gone tomorrow. The same is true about the time we have with our kids — here today, on their own tomorrow (I suppose, depending on your present perspective that may be comforting), but for now you have been given some time. How have you been spending it? Perhaps you have been feeling the pressure of buying the latest and greatest toy, gadget, or game for your child but finances are tight. Rather than spending all of your hard-earned money, why not try spending a little more time with your child? Think about it, you will probably get a lot more “bang for your buck.” After all, how many gifts do you still own from your childhood? Do you need more than one hand to count them on? I don’t. However, how many fond childhood memories do you still carry around with you? For me, there are just too many to count. Sure, I admit, I still remember the moment when I unwrapped my first BB gun one Christmas morning (how could a boy forget?), but I have far more pleasant memories of lazy afternoons plinking with my dad. While it can be difficult making extra money to buy all the things our kids think they have to have, it is not that hard making time to spend with them. Take advantage of the moments you have with your children, and make some memories…while you still have the time. God bless!




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
hb

Mental health services available for all Team March members, families

March Field offers mental health services through Elaine Valentine, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, director of psychological health and a licensed clinical social worker with more than 15 years of experience in the mental health care...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Women can succeed in a man’s world

Courtesy photo Pamela Hann, March Base Civil Engineer, surveys a consturction project at March Air Reserve Base, California. Hann became the first female BCE in Air Force Reserve Command on May 15, 2005, and is responsible for ...
 
 
NWH3

National Women’s History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

(Final in a 4-part series) The National Women’s History Project’s 2015 theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” In this ongoing series, we highlight individual women who made a difference in the fabric or our ...
 

 
Miracles

Retired Air Force Reservist finds inspiration through loss

Courtesy of Evan Money (First in a three-part series chronicling Angela Alexander’s incredible story which led to a book, a ministry and now, a documentary.) MIRACLE: “An unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be ca...
 
 
U.S. Air Force art by Master Sgt. Elizabeth Concepcion/Released

Airmen stay focused in DOD competition

U.S. Air Force art by Master Sgt. Elizabeth Concepcion/Released Digital painting created in Adobe Photoshop. This artwork was created to depict the US Army occupation in Vietnam and was inspired by the story of a Vietnam war ve...
 
 
Photo: Air Force
Ninth Chief Master

Former CMSAF Binnicker passes away at 76

Photo: Air ForceNinth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Binnicker died on March 21. Former Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Binnicker, who was the service’s top enlisted man from 1986 to 1990, passed away in Ca...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin