Plenty Of Time

Darlene cracked an egg into the sizzling pan. She stared silently as it bubbled and formed. She flipped it and heard the toast pop. The clock ticking on the wall seemed extra loud today. “TICK………TOCK……..TICK……..TOCK.” She went to the front porch to get the paper, but the boy hadn’t come yet. Heck, it wasn’t even light outside yet. This must be the quiet morning and “egg of her own” she had been waiting for. Well, it was here now. She stared at the bathroom door and the dark room within, missing the kids and their roars of laughter. She could hear her husband snoring in their room upstairs. They were retired now and the kids were scattered all over the country.

Clarence reached down and felt the sheets. He had wet the bed again. Since Emma’s passing, he was consistently sleeping later and unable to control himself without her awakening him for their mutual 5 a.m. “relief.” He stood, stripped the bed and stepped into the shower. As he bustled with the morning breakfast, he stared at a photo of Emma stuck on the refrigerator. “Miss you old girl,” he whispered. “I’m sorry.”

There will be a time when you have plenty of time, my friends.

Find the blessings in all you have today.

Don’t wish it away. There will be a time you wish you hadn’t.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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6 comments on “Plenty Of Time

  1. Rick McClemens on said:

    Very touching story.
    Am getting to that situation myself, dog, kids & retirement.
    In some ways looking forward to it, but other ways dreading it.
    At least we all have our health and no disasters.

  2. Gloria De La Cruz-Sandoval on said:

    Heartfelt. I agree; If but just for today – I will.

  3. Karen L Johnston on said:

    Thanks for the reminder. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I look forward to this reflection every Friday! It is the best thing in my in box.

  4. Dan Downey on said:

    Thanks Ron, We miss our four grown sons. I did a great deal of traveling for our business and I missed out on a lot of things. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do – providing for the family. The real question is what did I provide? Dan D.

  5. Billy Moore on said:

    Great article Ron. My daughter is 23 and my son starts high school today. The time flies by. We better enjoy all of the commotion and plan for when it is gone.

  6. Tom "Mr. Fun" on said:

    Well done Ron! Reading the article reminds me of the sign in the neighborhood bar, “Free Beer Tomorrow”. Looking ahead you miss what is right in front of you. When the kids were young my wife cross stitched a very pertinent saying: “Cleaning the house while children are growing is like shoveling snow while it is still snowing!” Wouldn’t trade those years and experiences, trials and tribulations…

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