'F' as in Frank

Spring pruning

Spring has sprung around our yard, as I'm sure it has yours, which brings with it blooming flowers and a happy chore or two.

The other day I was pruning back some ivy that covers fencing in our back yard. I like the ivy, it's like having our own little Wrigley Field with the ivy covered fences.

But the stuff likes to expand and stretch its legs onto the grass below. That's why I was pruning, to keep the ivy in its place.

As I did so, I thought about areas in my own life that could use some pruning, and had my own little prayer session. With eyes open, of course, as I'm not interested in pruning my toes.

The more I pruned, the more I prayed and I guess I got a little too eager, leaving one area of the ivy with a gap, similar to late night TV host Dave Letterman's gap-toothed grin.

So, I guess a person can prune too much, if they're not careful.

Funny thing is, the pruning in my life started sooner than I thought. It was the next day, actually, when our TV remote stopped surfing. Our clicker wouldn't click.

Now to back up a bit, I heard a statistic awhile back that the average American spends about seven hours a day watching TV. Wow, I thought, that's a lot. I know I don't watch that much. But I also began to realize that it didn't matter what the national average was, I knew the amount I was watching was too many hours for me.

I thought I should do something about that, but it wasn't until the clicker unclicked that it set in.

I had to resort to the arduous mid-20th century technique of manually changing channels. Pretty soon we started watching less and less. We have some programs that we enjoy and learn from, but we keep our watching to those few shows.

I know, it's not a problem to get a new remote. But I've held off for almost a week now because I like the new ways we've found to use the time. Like reading, studying, taking walks or just being together.

Not sure when we'll get that new remote. Maybe, like the ivy, it's part of our Spring pruning.


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