I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I (unfortunately) did not win the lottery either, but I have fallen behind. A little lack of momentum, too many things happening at once and just not enough hours in the day. But I am doing all I can to slowly catch up. I will state here my goal is to be on track by the start of June. I hope I am not reaching too far with that goal… I have a full two weeks yet.
But speaking of the lottery, what are three things you would do if you won a big jackpot? I would hire a construction crew to redo my house… it is 100 years old and needs a lot of TLC. I would give my daughter a share for their house and a new car. And the first thing I would do… hire a lawyer and financial advisor. You have to make sure the money doesn’t destroy you, as I have heard of other winners doing. What about you? Come on, dream a little!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lottery
Cloaked in his lucky sweater
He grabbed his horseshoe keychain
And opened the front door.
He walked without stepping on cracks
All the way to the store.
With fingers crossed
He removed a dollar from his clover money clip.
He put the bill into the machine
And tapped the button once;
Out came a lottery ticket.
All his life he dreaded this day
But still held out a little hope
Hope that he would win big
On this Friday the 13th.
Millions… I wanted to write a poem about a dream I’ve had a million times, but the words just would not flow. So lets talk about a different kind of dream. If I won a million dollars in the lottery…
The logical first step would be to talk to a lawyer. My mom instilled in me the importance of saving money, so the smart thing to do would be to put half in savings. Ideally some kind of an account I cannot touch that would earn a guaranteed amount of interest that would be a yearly “income”.
The other half a million… what would be the fun things I would buy? I would start with home… maybe look into a townhouse. I would like at least a 3 bedroom place so I can have friends and family over. I like the car I am driving, it is not too old so no need for a car, but maybe I would look into an RV to travel in.
The money will not be for diamonds and furs. I would rather have opals and jeans and t-shirts. Honestly I don’t wear a lot of jewelry and anything of any value I would be afraid of losing or breaking it. And I would not want a full lifestyle change where I had to invest in gowns and formal wear. I want to be able to go to the supermarket still and check the local Wal-Mart or Target for a bargain.
I know it is cliché to say that I don’t want it to change me, but I know it would in some ways. I would love to expand my ability (which is now at zero) to help some charities I really believe in. And it would be nice to not have to budget out whether or not I can afford a cup of coffee.
It is always fun to think about what more money could do to my life. Now if someone would just let me win to prove how it would not change me… LOL