Y Notes

Fitting it all in during the holidays

  • Ronda Graff
  • 14-Dec-2018

As I stood in the check-out line for what seemed like the sixteenth time this week – a close estimate - I determined the items on the conveyor belt would get me through the next 48 hours.

Not that my cupboards were bare, but rather that the activities and events for the following two days were covered.

As the items were scanned, I had food for a group lunch and gifts for donations at youth group and at school. Everything after that, such as an upcoming gift exchange or baked items for a concession stand, would be dealt with the next day.

Between the holiday lunches, teacher gifts and Christmas parties, every day is filled with something that needs to be done or to be purchased or to be made or to be attended.

But I am not going to get everything done that I want to and that’s o.k.

The world will keep on turning even if my Christmas tree doesn’t get lit because the segments don’t connect or my Christmas cards evolve into Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day cards.

They will just stand out more upon their arrival.

During this especially hectic time of year, it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done.

Rather, we need to take a step back and enjoy each event as it comes along.

That being said, there are a few things which can’t be put off and need to be attended to in a timely manner, such as the YMCA Board of Directors elections.

In theory, we could just make the out-going members – Jim Hall, Janet Hubert and Michael Kuhlen - serve another three-year term, but we want them to like us when they leave the board.

All YMCA members should have received a ballot for the Board of Directors election in the mail this past week.

They are due by 5 p.m.on Sunday.

The out-going members have given of their time and talent for the past three years.

And those who have agreed to run for the board are willingly agreeing to add another item to their already busy schedules.

When they agreed to run, we didn’t ask if their Christmas cards were done yet.

We also can’t put off preparing for upcoming events such as a high school swim meet on Friday.

(The pool will close Friday at 12:30 p.m. with diving at 4 p.m. and swimming events at approximately 5 or 5:30 p.m.)

Why such a large chunk of time between closing of the pool and the meet starting?

A swim meet is no small endeavor, asking of time and involvement from a variety of people including the high school coaches, volunteer assistant coaches, parents and school staff who volunteer to be doused – I mean – time at the end of each lane, the YMCA youth swim team which hosts a concession stand and the Y staff, including Aquatic Director Anna Sis and the lifeguards, who spend time before and after the event to make sure the pool is in tip-top shape.

So over the next few weeks, evaluate if something really needs to be done like putting up a fourth Christmas tree in your house or would that time be better spent making cookies for your neighbor?

Of course, some things are not optional.

I would like to say that I got everything I needed for the next two weeks when I was at the store.

But I didn’t even get out of the store before I ventured back for the forgotten items for a team dinner.

And for the swim team members, the pre-meet dinner is not optional.