A wedding was recently celebrated in West Palm Beach, Florida. The groom, 93 year-old Ebenezer Rose married 89 year-old Monica Hayden. The bride wore a sparkling tiara and a big smile. Friends and relatives toasted the happy couple with champagne.
Ebenezer and Monica had been widowed and they were lonely. The couple decided to wed after a brief courtship. The unspoken premise was that at their age, there wasn’t a moment to waste. The bride and groom wished to take what joy they could out of whatever time they had left.
In reality, no one knows how much time he has. Accidents, grave illness and natural disasters happen to people of all ages. Most people, however, seem to deal with this fact with varying degrees of denial.
We think we will spend more time with family, mend a rift with a friend or right a wrong at some point in the future. It is human nature to push off studying Torah, attending classes or dealing with the important questions of life until we have “more time.” After all, we are just too busy now, and we reason that the slow season, retirement or vacation is just around the corner.
“Im lo achshav, eimatai?” (If not now, when?), should be a motto for each day. Life is precarious and precious at the same time. There really isn’t a moment to waste.