When your 16 year-old son has an opportunity to get paid to work (and hopefully not cause any damage), you encourage him. You tell him to say “Yes Ma’am,” “Yes Sir,” “No Ma’am” and “No Sir.”

When your 16 year-old son has an opportunity to get paid to work (and hopefully not cause any damage), you encourage him.  You tell him to say “Yes Ma’am,”  “Yes Sir,”  “No Ma’am” and “No Sir.”

You tell him to do twice as much as anyone else and not to stop until either the job is finished or the person paying you tells you to stop.

At least that is what I said and what my Daddy said to me.

Early on this Saturday morning while driving my son to the location where they needed him to do a lot of grunt work, I asked him if he had money for lunch.  He of course said that he didn’t.  Neither did I.

So I decided to stop by an ATM that was on the way.  I was enjoying the time with my son and we had left in plenty of time so as not to be late.

The ATM was a drive up model where you can just stay in your car and push the buttons and get your money.

When we drove up, I noticed a message on the ATM screen.  It said, “Would you like more time?”  There were two choices available, “Yes” or “No.”

I sat there and looked at it, without saying a word.

My son asked me why I was taking so long.  I told him to lean over and look at the screen.

A machine that will give me time instead of money…  I would like that.

Time is better than money.

I really wanted to push the “Yes” button and see what happened.  Maybe God was offering me a deal.  Anyway, I knew better.  There were video cameras on me and I feared that it was from the person who used the machine before I drove up.

I pushed “No,” to start the process over again, but I felt really sick doing it.   You can keep your money, just give me time.

Country Musician, Josh Turner puts it best in his song titled, “Time Is Love.”

As part of the song goes, “I only get so many minutes, Don’t wanna spend’em all on the clock, In the time that we spent talkin’, How many kisses have I lost?”

Time really is an opportunity to love and be loved.

Having taught college level mathematics courses for many years, I have had the opportunity to meet, teach and enjoy students from not only across the country, but all over the world.

Casey Kohlmeier was a student in one of my statistics classes about three years ago.  Like many of my students, he had spent time in the military (Air Force) and decided to earn a college degree and go into a field that he would enjoy.

Casey wanted to go into law enforcement and he loved dogs.

He not only got to be a police officer, but got to work with dogs.  Maybe that is why we hit it off.  Casey’s partner was one of his best friends.  His name was “Draco.”  Draco was a German shepherd and true partner.

They were heroes in their hometown of Pontiac, Illinois.

Casey and Draco were known in their community for great service and incredible deeds.  In 2009, Casey and Draco found a lost 2 year-old little girl in a cornfield.  That was just typical for the man and dog tandem.

I met Casey in 2010 in an online classroom.  They say taking online classes is “not personal.”  It is.  Casey was the type of student any instructor or parent would be proud to have.  He took his studies seriously and was very gifted.

After having Casey in class we stayed in touch.  It was nice to see the pictures of him, his beautiful friends and Draco.  He had a wonderful sense of humor.

Casey placed first in his class of 127 trainees at basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.  During his time in the Air Force, Casey was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal and was named Airman of the Year in 2005.

Casey and Draco were killed by a drunk driver while on duty parked in the median of an interstate in Illinois on October 30, 2013.

Casey Kohlmeier was 29; he had a wonderful girlfriend, family and large circle of friends who loved him dearly.

He once told me that I was the best instructor he ever had.  You remember things like that.

However, I think that it is Casey and Draco who were the wonderful “instructors” when it came to life, friends and family.

“Time Is Love,” and if I could push that button and give the time to Casey, I would do it.

Cherish the time you have with your loved ones.

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