Better than a rainy day



They say it is smart to save something for a rainy day.

But does that mean you can only use it on a rainy day? If it’s rain coats and umbrellas and swim flippers for the monsoon season, I guess it makes sense. But it is actually a pretty strange expression for the 21st Century.

Back when just about everybody lived on a farm, you had to make hay when the sun shined, so you saved the other things to do indoors on the rainy days.

Mae West, the controversial movie star and sex symbol of the mid-20th Century, had her own solution for the problem of rainy day savings. She said, “Save a boyfriend for a rainy day – and another, in case it doesn’t rain.”

My mother wondered if her little boy bumped his head once too often when I collected old shoe boxes to use for hats on rainy days. “I like the sound of the rain drops,” I explained. Mom prayed for it to rain at night, otherwise the neighbors might see.

New York City is supposed to maintain a $15 billion rainy day fund according to a the City’s CFO, and even Jamestown’s Board of education tapped its own rainy day fund for $1 million last year.

But the dictionary simply says saving for a rainy day means “…to reserve something for some future need.” It is really quite simple. Whatever you have, don’t use it all up. You just might need it someday.

This week, please accept the Jamestown Gazette’s invitation to visit one of our county’s most beautiful rainy day funds. That is what our state parks and national parks are. We are using up our natural land so fast, and some would say so wastefully, that the park systems across the country may be the only way our grandchildren will have any left to see and enjoy.

Emily Wynne’s cover story this week will take you on a guided tour of our beautiful Long Point State Park where hundreds of acres of natural forest and meadow lands and long stretches of sandy beaches, undisturbed natural shoreline and fresh water fishing grounds are being saved for today and for tomorrow.

Whether for the natural resources that we save for recreation, preservation, native bio-diversity or its unspoiled beauty alone, visit Long Point when you can, in any season. We are saving it for something even better than a rainy day.

Enjoy the read.

Walt Pickut
The Jamestown Gazette