Living-It-Up Will

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Carolynn grabbed the mail out of the mailbox and closed it back up.  Flipping through what was there she saw a letter that caught her eye.  She went into her apartment and slipped off her shoes.  Threw all but the letter down on the table and sat on the couch to read it.

It was from her Grandma Sheryl and she usually just wrote on birthdays and holidays, this was a bit odd to receive it today.  She unfolded a letter and a piece of paper fell out.  Bending over she picked it up seeing it was a check for $5000.  She audibly gasped.  Instantly going back to the letter she read why.

I am sending you this check so you can enjoy my inheritance while I am still here and can see how happy it makes you.  I have discussed this with your father and you and your sister both will receive this check.  NO BILLS paid with it… only fun things – a vacation, some new furniture, a year of meals out, that new camera you have been wanting, video games.  I am sure you can find something fun to do with it.  I just ask in return that you share your joy with me!

Carolynn was shocked.  Just then her phone rang.  “Hello?  Yeah, I got mine today too.  I am just stunned.  It is a pretty cool idea though sis.”

Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August (FDDA) #5 – inheritance

Happy and Grateful – Day 263

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

It was a day that was meant to be.  My boyfriend was getting his 401K loan check delivered today, as far as we knew by regular mail delivery.  I was supposed to take my Dad to his weekly coffee group but was met with a huge amount of anxiety today.  I tried everything to settle it down, but had to resort to meds, which means no driving for a while.  But it turned out to be a good thing I did not go to coffee.  When they delivered that and a couple of books I had ordered there was one knock and they dropped the box on the floor outside my door and left.  The box didn’t really bother me, but the envelope with the loan check in it laying in the middle of the common hallway upset me a little.  What if I hadn’t been home to get it right away?  That was a lot of money someone could have walked off with.  We have pretty good neighbors, but I know there have been some crimes in the area… you just never know.  I am grateful I was here to get the packages.

And of course, since my boyfriend got his loan check, that means he got his new vehicle.  I am happy for him.  He is like a kid with a new toy checking out all of the features.  Now does anyone have advice on how to go about selling his old car that has an electrical issue?  “Fixer upper for sale, new engine and transmission $X”  It really is a shame we put a lot into it and now a little problem pushed us over the edge to sell.  I am just clueless as to how to go about a private sale… we have always done trade-ins in the past.

AND… bonus happiness for the day.  Yes, a second major happiness.  My daughter is now training for a new position as store manager at her job.  I am so proud of her.  I know her Dad would be too if he were still here.  That is one of the worst things about him being gone – missing out on the great things she has done and being able to tell her how proud he is of her.  (I hate alcoholism!)

Ok now if I can just calm down from this day of activity and get some sleep.  Although I do NOT have to take my boyfriend to work in the morning.  Just go to my Dr appointment in the morning.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!