Sunday, September 6, 2009

"Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks...

...but I thank you." Hamlet



My daughter's text books are, as most textbooks, obscenely expensive. We all know the racket of kickbacks for professors and the like. Or how tiny the sell-back rate is (used textbook is a bare 5% of the new).

Grrrrr. So, the last couple of weeks have been a struggle, I've fallen behind in some payments. Fortunately September is an extra paycheck month, so I will be able to catch up. I am grateful for that.

I was strapped for cash and nothing in the fridge by Thursday when I went to work, very unsure of how I was going to get through the night with no money to get a decent meal. Less than a block from my apartment as I left for work, a clean, folded $10 sat on the street, awaiting my watchful eye. Lunch for Thursday and Friday. I am grateful for that.

Today, visiting my daughter who is in town for the weekend. Taking the train from Brooklyn to Queens. The G train, the only train that skips Manhattan altogether, was shut down so I had to take the F into Manhattan and then switch to the V to get to my daughter's stop. At the last second, I remembered that there is no V train on the weekends, but had enough time at the right station to switch to the R train. Thus a potentially frustrating and long trip, was barely delayed more than the original trip. I am grateful for that. Good brain, very good brain.

The weather today, was back to perfect. Sunny, mostly warm but with a cool breeze to take the edge off. I love that. Thank you.

4 comments:

Jaimie said...

Love the post...I'm trying to focus on the positives in the midst of it all at the moment...thanks for the reminder :)...

Hampers said...

Your blog is interesting. It was nice going through your blog. Keep it up the good work. Cheers :)

Opinionated Gifts said...

That has always been the trick for me. Finding the way to stay positive during the more challenging times. I usually emerge with some sense of defiance when things get bad, but not til after I pass through very dark places. Right now, that's my main goal, just stay positive.

Not Pollyanna, just keeping generally optimistic and never feeling defeated.

lesleehorner said...

Finding that $10 was pretty crazy! Talk about a gift from the universe!