Spring is almost here...

Published Mar 19, 2017 at 9:00am

BY PETE SESTITO

Mother nature threw a wrench into the works. As spring approaches and as we all enjoyed great weather a few short weeks ago, including a 70 plus degree day, we are now buried under a bunch of snow. Thanks to a March snowstorm, spring, baseball, golf, yard work, garage cleaning, porch sitting, etc... will be pushed back several weeks as we wait for the snow to melt and the snowbanks to disappear. Such is the life in upstate NY. My significant other holds me personally responsible for the weather and the more snow we get and as the temperature declines our vacation budget increases. If we get another storm in the near future I could find myself acting as a cabana boy for Julie and the children on an island in the South Pacific. 

Work is not a 4 letter word...

Congratulations to all the young people who are in the work force and to those who are beginning their search. My daughter Victoria began her first “real” job at Price Chopper a couple of weeks ago and is loving it, or is it her earning her own money? Whatever the answer, I believe it is very important for young people to learn the value of money in correlation with developing a work ethic. Life demands that we all work in some capacity and the sooner that we develop the necessary tools needed to become successful in the workforce, the more successful we will become in life. One of my children who shall remain nameless believes that work is a 4 letter word and as a senior in college, still has not worked a “real” part time or full time job. He happened to call home the other night to ask what everybody was doing, but no one answered their phones. Mom was working, showing homes and writing a sales offer. Dad was mandated for OT and completing a 16 hour shift. Tim and Tom were playing hockey. Victoria was at Price Chopper bagging groceries. Even Jack, at 14, was shoveling out sidewalks and driveways. When the anti work youth reached his Mom, she informed him that we were all working and that he should consider the possibility of joining his family in the work force. More excuses followed. In the very near future, he is going to receive a visit from a work police officer, also known as Dad. It’s not going to be a pleasant visit...

Game on...

March madness is upon us and as the tournament begins, much excitement is present. Many of us are disappointed that Syracuse isn’t part of the dance, but it’s still a great tournament and there are a lot of fun things that happen during the games. Visit your local bars and restaurants and share a drink and a meal with your family and friends. There are great places to eat and drink in our area that will have the games on TV. Try someplace new or stick to your favorite spots and spend some of that hard earned money. Not only will you have a great time, but it’s good for the local economy. Here are a few of my favorite spots. Consider these places, especially if you haven’t ever been there before. CPJ’s and Aquino’s on Floyd Ave. Legends and DiCastro’s on Erie Blvd. DeMatteo’s and the Mill on East Dominick St. So many places that offer great food and drink. Get out and enjoy!

Friends...

Do you ever say thank you to your friends? I don’t and I should. Friends provide an additional layer of love and support right under the love and support we get from our families. Personally speaking, my friends are there in the time of need. They listen, laugh, and share. They don’t judge and at times say NO! Sometimes saying no is the best answer a friend can give. Friends truly enjoy your successes and jealousy and envy never enter the equation. I am fortunate to have a few good friends who fit this description and I hope that I am the same type of friend to them as they are to me. What kind of friend are you?

Sometimes the truth hurts...

Most times when I learn a life’s lesson, it derives from an explanation clarifying the situation or expectations. In many cases, it’s something I may not want to hear or understand, but need to hear and understand. Hearing the truth can be humbling and our deficiencies and weaknesses are exposed. At times the truth can hurt us in a way that we believe the messenger is mean or is trying to gain an advantage. As the truth is processed and as we move forward adjusting our beliefs and actions based on the truth, most times we see growth and progress. My anti work, college age, excuse making, etc... son is going to hear the truth in the very near future and I hope that he hears and understands that the messenger isn’t mean, but concerned, not angry, but worried. The truth may hurt him, but I hope the result is growth and progress.

Have a great week...

Your week’s pleasure is dependent upon your vibe. Present positive and in most cases you get what you give. Have a great week and I look forward to sharing next week’s column, you’ll have to read it to believe it. Please remember to pray for those in need and a special prayer to all those reading this week’s column. You all make a special difference in the lives of many. Let them know that they make a special difference in your life as well.

Not sure he reads his father’s column, but GET A JOB!