A few weeks ago, I wrote a column, “‘Look up’ and live your life”, about our dependence on electronic gizmos. My brother refers to them as “MoMos.” They are gizMOs that make us MOrons. The column was partially inspired by a YouTube video called “Look Up”. I was talking about how too many of us (me, included) spend too much time with our faces in phones and tablets and laptops and miss life going on around us. We concentrate on social media, and forget to be social.
Shortly after that column ran in the paper, I got a note from a reader whose mother had written a poem strikingly similar to my column. Madeline “Happy” H. King of St. Albans, WV is 84 and I’m sure has lived a long and full life. I doubt every moment of her life has been happy, in spite of her nickname, but she understands that it is important for all of us to be present in our lives. After reading the poem, I decided to share it with everyone.
Enjoy Your LifeCome walk with me and you will see how wonderful life can be. To be happy in a land of liberty where all is free for all who wants to be. Put away all those cell phones and computers, look at the sky. The beautiful clouds and sunsets that take your breath away. Slow down and open your eyes and just look at what The Lord has given us. Life goes by so very fast. You turn around and are old, you think where did the time go? Dear one, just stop for a minute and enjoy what is in front of you. Because one day soon you will be amazed how fast your life has passed you by. Gone. Wake up, open your eyes.
-Madeline “Happy” H. King of St. Albans, WV.