Each morning, I have been greeted with a very familiar sound....the sound of drums! Oh, they are not funeral drums that I hear. The drumming I hear has a strong, steady beat. This is "marching season." On 6 March, Independence Day, every school and organization in the area will compete in a Marching Competition.
Students from preschool through Senior High and beyond will participate. Organizations, police, fire department, even Zoom Lion (a garbage collection business) will participate. There will be a panel of judges, including the Paramount Chief. This is serious business!
So, for the next three weeks, the sound of the drums will be heard by all, everywhere, as students young and old, prepare to pass the review stands. These children and adults practice for hours on end in the sun. Each has their own twist on how the marching is to be done...snap to attention or be ready from the start? Hands open or closed? Salute the review stand or not? It is quite interesting.
All of this time reserved and dedicated to marching. I wonder...if so much time is given to marching, which has no eternal value...how much time do I dedicate to things with eternal value? How about you?