I watched Sixty Minutes last night where they aired a special report on Central Florida. Of course I took note since I just moved away two months ago. The reporter said that 1/3 of all the homeless people in the country live in that area.
I turned to my husband, memories choking my words.”That could have been us in another year.”
Hard fact to accept as we set up our lives in a new state with a new job and new dreams.
On Saturday we discovered two thrift stores and were thrilled to buy books for seventy-five cents apiece and a pair of jeans for me for a dollar. My daughter doesn’t know what to think about our new found thriftiness.
She remembers us in a different life.
Before my husband lost his job, I spent hundreds of dollars a month on clothing and household accessories, ate out when we wanted and set up vacations while my husband worked long hours at a job he loved. We could. We thought our future was fixed. We had saved for our retirement but also enjoyed the present. The thought of buying used clothing was beyond me. I wasn’t a snob; I just never had to do that before.
Life can change when we least expect it to. For good or for bad. We’ve all experienced it—a family death, an inheritance, a new job, a loss.
For the past four years I have dreaded the holidays—being alone, away from friends and family, no money to travel or presents to buy and worry about our future. My husband and I spent the day alone again this year but not with the usual sadness of previous years.
Yes, we were thankful for my husband’s fulltime job and that God saw us through this difficult time in our lives. But mostly we were thankful for the way we look at life now.
I take nothing for granted. Nothing. Not our income, our blessings, our daughter and her family and our good friends who were there for us each day while we waited for a change.
Nor you—cyber friends. You’ve been here every week on my journey—encouraging me and supporting me and sharing your own trials with me. I’m forever grateful, blessed and changed because of you. Thank you.