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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 71 Just A Thought The priceless value of a dining room table By RICK KRAFT The most important piece of furniture in a family's home is the dining room table...period. My dining room table needs to be replaced. It is over twenty-five years old, but it has served its purpose. More on this later... The breakdown of the American family is directly tied to our failure to spend time together as a family at our dining room table. There is so much to do in this world today, why spend time talk- ing together on a regu- lar basis during and after a family meal? Retreating to a Rick computer or a televi- sion show is easier than sharing experiences or addressing and working through issues together at the dining room table. Or worse yet, why not have every- one eat on their own as they are able? Why even assemble to- gether on a daily basis? Hope- fully you are beginning to under- stand my premise. Our world of tomorrow is being shaped today. Family choices we make today will im- pact the generations that follow. Not a single one of us should take this tth for granted. Where our world wakes up 30 years from now is being deter- mined by what is happening right now. It is being determined by what we are doing with our youth today. Children are a third of our population and all of our future. There is no magical dust that a person or a nation can sprinkle on a mass of young people that will cause them to make good decisions for the rest of their lives. There is no pill that can be swal- lowed by every person on their eighteenth birthday that will pro- gram each one properly for the rest of his or her lives. Programming a child is a gradual process. A substantial part of the process should happen over their years at our dining room table. We raise our youth one at a time, each child is unique in his or her own way. The family unit is responsible for raising the children within it. A child is born Kraft and he has within him a mixture of DNA that this world has never seen before. He is a blank Slate waiting to be written on. Charles Swindoll said it well. when he shared "Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." Vladimir Lenin once said "Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world." Regardless of how you or I feel about the speaker, he is right. What we do with our youth is serious business. The future of our nation rests on the future of our youth. Numbers vary on quality time that parents spend with chil- dren. One study showed that working parents spend only 19 minutes of quality time caring for their children a day. This num- ber is higher than some studies. Recognize that if you aren't rais- ing your children, someone else IS. Clearly a child is more likely to become a contributing produc- tive member of our society if he or she comes from a loving and nurturing home. A friend of mine who works with teenagers shared with me that we as adults often unjustly criticize our youth. We complain because of how they handle the world they are growing up in and we want to blame the problems they have on them. What we fail to recognize is that children come into this world pre-wired the same way they always have been. It is us who have created this world they are growing up in. We need to assume responsibility for what is occurring witt t our youth, not blame it on them. I would hope that each of us desire to leave this world a better place to live than the world we were born into. It all begins at the dining room table. Don't put a television in a child's bedroom. According to studies reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children with a television in their bedroom spend more time watching TV, report less physical activity, have less healthy dietary habits, are more likely o be overweight, have worse school performance, and eat fewer family meals. Some would tell you not to put a computer in a child's bed- room for the same reasons. Who knows what influences come through that screen. Regardless, anything that separates family members from spending time together reduces the opportunity we have as par- Foster, adoptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meet- ing to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Di.az, CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more informa- tion or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.org. Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Name: Daniela Age: 15 Grade: 10 'h Daniela is a child who has been through a lot, and having a loving, stable and accepting home would be invaluable for her. Daniela sees herself as a protec- tor and is known to stand up for those she views as not able to defend themselves, including some of her classmates. She can be shy and reserved at first, but once she is comfortable she re- Daniela 5th Annual ally opens up. Daniela basks in the glow of affection and accep- tance and takes great pride in making others happy. In school, Daniela works best in a smaller class- room setting with more personal at- tention. She does well in school and enjoys the interac- tion and challenge, although she does not perform at grade level. Daniela prefers water to soda, if you can believe that! She is not a picky eater and even enjoys her veggies, but also likes "meat and potatoes" and has a weakness for the occasional crisp pickle. Daniela would do best in a family that Would understand the challenges and blessings she would bring to them. She would 'do well with children older than she is, and who would be open to the new addition to their home. For more information about adopting or fostering through the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, please visit www.CYFD.org or call 1-800- 432-2075." ents to positively influence the next generation. Anything that brings the family together pro- vides hope for the future. Back to my dining room table. After 25 years of use and with our children having left home, our old dining room table has its best days behind it. But over the years it has served its purpose. And it remains an im- portant piece of furniture when our children return home to visit. Still, the more time we spend at the dining room table, the more in tune we are even with our adult children. My challenge .to Yg.u tp_.day is to make the most of your" din- ing room table. Wear it out! Spend as much time there as you can. Every hour you spend to- gether at your dining, room table provides better hope for the fu- ture of our world. Every child is a story yet to be told. Tomorrow is being de- termined today. John Whitehead said, "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." Paulo Coelho in his book, "The Alchemist," wrote "No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it." Our responsibility is to give our children roots and wings. The best hope we have to give them good roots is to spend time with them at our dining room table...it will determine what happens when they flap their wings. May we raise a generation worthy of us passing our torch to. And as stated in Psalm 115:14, "May the Lord richly bless both you and your childreo." Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, Lordsburg Elks Lodge Monday July 3 !, 2012 Tuesday Fv,,n uly 31.J ,201 The Lordsburg Elks Lodge is currer, t!y seek:,g oonotiors for this annuoI event. which Orovides Hidalgo County youth w,!r much needed school supplies. For more informatror or re make a dcnaton,o!eose call SueHaye Morquez at 575-542-9951 o' emoi! :rcszurge syo"oo cam contributiSns, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@kraftandhunter.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Hidalgo County Heritage Society Save Our Building Help Rest0te the Enrichment Center fat mote information call (575) S42-9716 or email hchetitagesociety@yahoo.com A 4 ,A i i -cAL _ ' - :": " I Hidalgo Count), /'HERALD 212 E. Motel Drive Suite B Lordsburg. NM 88045 Name per year Address City, State, Zip A Picture From The Past n,, =r)MUN D SAUCEDO/Lordsburg" \\; .!): Francisco ("Kiki") Chaires July 11, 1929 - June 30, 2012  Kiki was born July 11, 1929 in Valedon, N.M., a mining community south of Lordsburg, to Francisco and Concha (Nevarez) Chaires. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. as a member of the' Occupation Forces in Korea from 1947 - 1949 prior to the escalation of the Korean Conflict in the early 1950s. He received an honorable discharge based on his distinguished military record. In the early to mid- ' 1970s, Kiki served as Commander of Lordsburg's V.F.W. Post #3099. Kiki was a lifelong resident of.- Lordsburg. VALLEY TELEPHONE cOOPERATIVE, INC. Low Income Assistance Program Lifeline What is Lifeline? Lifeline Assistance reduces an eligible customer's monthly rates for local service. Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. is participating in this program to increase the availability of telecommunications services to residential consumers in its serving areas. Lifeline is a government assistance program and only eligible consumers may enroll in the program. Who is eligible7 Customers must participate in one of the following programs to be eligible for Lifeline: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8 (a Federal Housing Assistance Program administered by the Department of Urban Development), or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program {LIHEAP), National School Lunch Programts free lunch program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) OR income is at or below 1soqb of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Only one Lifeline service per household, consisting of either wireline or wireless service. Customers must also be willing to sign a document certifying under penalty of perjury that they are receiving benefits from one of the programs listed above OR are at or below 150qb of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain program benefits can be punished with a fine or imprisonment or barred from the program. What are the benefits? These customers are eligible to receive: Toll Restriction at no charge. Local service deposit waived (upon request of toll restriction service). A Federal monthly credit of $9.2S will appear on your bill along with a State monthly credit of $3.50. For more information on the Lifeline program call 800-421-5711. Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. 2416 St.Hwy 338 Animas, NM 88020 575-548-2533 Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4pro