The Chinese have the “year of the rat,” the “year of the dog,” the “year of the dragon.”

The United States should have the “year of the belt.”

I have never seen so many belts in my life — all shapes, sizes and prices.

The ultra suedes run from $10 to most any price you can pay, the cloth ones are slightly cheaper and the silk ones can run as high as $100.

One thing they will do is change a costume from a sporty to a dressy one.

Perhaps they are worth the price if it will make two costumes out of one.

It is impossible that the time is flying so fast toward Christmas.

I am at a complete loss this year about presents for our grandchildren.

They are at the age that one does not just go buy a doll or a pair of blue jeans or a cute ruffle dress.

Our grandson is 20, so that involves expensive things.

I can remember when it was so easy to buy a cute doll, or make doll clothes, sew a little Christmas dress, buy trucks or tanks or a riding toy.

Those days are gone forever.

Now it is a tire for a car, a name-brand sweater, jeans or ultra suede belt. Perhaps this is the “year of the dollar.”

The Community Developmental School is having a card benefit Oct. 28 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m.

They are trying to raise money for the needs of the school, such as rugs for the classrooms and new classroom furniture.

The tickets will be $4 and can be purchased at the door, from the school or the Seymour Johnson Duplicate Club. The club is helping sponsor the event.

You can bring your own table of bridge or any card game, or come alone and they will find partners for you.

Delicious refreshments, homemade, will be served during the evening and great door prizes from the area business people.

Mark your calendar and have a fun evening for $4 and help a worthy cause.