Gift of Time


One Christmas, several years ago, we decided that instead of buying Christmas gifts for each other we would draw names and each of us would make our gift. My son drew my name and made this original clock for me. As we enter the new year, perhaps we should think how we can make this thought true not just for dad, but for all of our family members, especially for those who are confined and can no longer get out and about.  The greatest gift of love you can give to them is your time.

Give the gift of time

A most precious gift of love

Your New Year’s Blessing


Those whose lives are too  busy

Will miss their special reward


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

This was written for Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge…. The prompt was to write a poem using the word New Years in .

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I am also posting this on d’Verse Poets Pub for their prompt of Time and  What if?. It is not exactly on but close. So important to spend time before your loved ones are gone and you say to yourself, What if I had spent more time with them!

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39 thoughts on “Gift of Time

  1. I remember reading of a family that gave donations to different charities in honor of family members.
    But making things… that is special. I have a good many pieces saved from my children that were art projects from school. I have a small clock from one made from wood with a clock face inserted.

    I try to send or gift photos in frames to relatives. One year I had some butterfly photos from a farm in Aruba that I framed for one of my children 🙂 We both like butterflies.

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  2. What a wonderful gift you’ve received! This reminds me of the song about the dad who doesn’t have time for his son….too busy with is job et. And then whenhe’s An old man and wants to be with his son, his son is too busy, being just like his dad.
    The gift of time….precious indeed.

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  3. Hey Dwight. I was glad to know I wasn’t the only one giving handmade Christmas gifts this year. I never did it before, helping my wife do beading was a challenge. You are so right, time is sooo much more important than things, (of course, I’m retired, lol).

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  4. Pingback: #Haikai Happenings #68 (1/5/19): first raven/crow (cry)(hatsugarasu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga – Frank J. Tassone

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