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Of Waffle Irons and Relationships


waffleShe passes it down with nostalgia and a sad smile of bygone days remembered. It’s vintage, but well-maintained. “Does it still work?” I wonder aloud. “So far as I know,” she counters, although none of us are quite sure when it was last tested.

It’s a waffle iron, and a dated one at that. A wedding gift given to my grandparents on their day of union, over sixty years ago. The metal still shines, and the plates are clean. I readily accept the hand-me-down from my Nana and am eager to see if it can still turn out a tasty waffle or two.

And so I heft it onto the counter (“lightweight” wasn’t a consideration in early appliance marketing!), connect it to the power source, and am immediately rewarded with the smell of its warming. The batter is mixed, and the first cupful sizzles as it’s poured out onto the hot surface. Quickly and efficiently the aged machine cranks out beautiful waffles.

They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

The waffle iron I purchased less than a year ago already needs to be replaced. Modern appliances aren’t really made to last. And why should they be? Because soon, we’ll be ready for something newer or better or different. And we’ll buy another and throw out the old one (or sell it in next year’s yard sale).

As I contemplate the geriatric griddle (and its incredible longevity), it begins to symbolize something much more important than breakfast fare. I recall its beginnings, a gift in the hands of young love, a couple committing to one another for a lifetime. I know the age of the waffle iron because I know the age of the marriage.

They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

And I know that my grandparents have seen 60+ years of togetherness because their relationship is well-maintained. Because they are connected to The Power Source. Because what they had then and what they’ve built is a relationship that’s made to last. They don’t look for something newer or better or different. They don’t entertain throwing out the old or giving it to someone else. Relationships, marriages, friendships … As a general rule, they’ve taken on a cheap quality in our society. They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

I’m ready for the return of quality. Not just in waffle irons, but (and more importantly) in relationships. I want to see authenticity and longevity and the building of marriages and friendships that will span the centuries. I commit to praying for these, supporting these, and being an active part in maintaining these. I want to pass down to my children and grandchildren more than functional vintage pieces. I want to leave a legacy of lasting love, of functional relationships that stand the test of time. Join me? And maybe, just maybe, the next generation won’t have to say:

They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at

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