Frannie and Lance were best friends. They had been inseparable since second grade. As they began to plan for classes for their senior year of high school they got together at the local Starbucks with all their paperwork to fill out. “What are you taking for a PE class?” Frannie asked.
“I am taking the easy way out, bowling.”
“I can’t believe that is an option. I’m thinking about modern dance.”
“You are always bopping to some kind of music, I think that is a great idea for you.”
“I just have to come up with a way to ask Mom about the fee, that won’t be easy.”
“Your mom is golden, she will get it for you.”
“I know that but it probably means more overtime for her and I hate when she has to work so much.”
“Do you want me to get you the money so you don’t have to ask her?”
“No, Lance you know I can’t take money from you. Do you remember what happened when Mom found out about it before? I was grounded for a week because she said we don’t take handouts.”
“I still don’t understand why helping you is so bad,”
“My Mom is a very proud person and she works damn hard to keep food on our table. Ever since Dad left she has been so determine to make it on her own. God knows that man wants nothing to do with us now, so she didn’t have much of a choice left. She doesn’t want to give him the satisfaction of watching her struggle, so she is doing all she can to stay away from handouts.”
Jennifer sat at the table with lots of papers spread out in front of her. Mark walked into the room and asked, “What are you doing?”
Jennifer took a deep sigh and said, “Trying to figure out my finances. There is a new 401K option at work and I just want to invest it wisely.”
“How many different possible investments do they offer?”
“Basically three. Conservative, moderate and aggressive. And I’ve heard good things about all of them. But I want to pick the right one.”
“Can you split it out over all of them?”
“Oh, I don’t know. I just assumed I had to commit to one.”
“You might want to read further. Most 401Ks will let you diversify instead of being stuck in one program. After all you don’t want your eggs all in one basket. If something goes wrong you lose everything.”
“Good point Mark, thanks!”
Written for Fandango’s February Expressions (FFE) #20
I wish I was a paper folding wizard who could make all sorts of animals and flowers, stars and boxes. I am not. But I can fold a dollar bill into a heart. Many years ago in a stamping magazine there was instructions to fold a dollar bill into a heart. I jumped at the change to learn this.
It had step by step instructions that I poured over for hours and I finally got something that resembled a heart. Now years down the line I can do it without instructions or pictures and use it often for gifts of money in wedding cards.
I have also folded a shirt once. And made a frog with origami squares. But my favorite is still the heart. I would love to learn more… only takes a little time and patience.
Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year. August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity. It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it. As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too. You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog. There is good in every day!
Another day with the windows open. The birds in the morning, the crickets at night… I love it. My allergies don’t love it so much and I had the sinus headache to prove it, but some things are just worth it.
Going to be short and to the point tonight as I did not sleep well last night and I want to get this done before I fall asleep tonight. My happy for the day was meeting up with a couple of friends I used to work with for lunch. We had a little over a two-hour lunch and had a good time… I even had a couple of genuine laughs. Those have been hard to come by lately.
My moment of gratitude came shortly after I made it to lunch. One of my friends, knowing how much we have been struggling lately gave me a little money. This means I can fill the gas tank back up again and my boyfriend will not need to find another way to get to work. I dream of a day when I can help her out somehow.
Now I must close my eyes and get some rest. I hope you have a good night/day. Stay happy and grateful!
June brings warmer weather and the start of summer. Hopefully it brings many ideas from my muse too. I continue to write for my challenge to find the things that make me happy and grateful each day this year. Please feel free to join me in this challenge with comments about your happiness and gratitude or start your own blog. There is always something good to find in each day.
The month ends on a pretty warm day. A few more nighttime thunderstorms rolled through tonight, but much milder that the storms last night. We really only got rain and a distant rumble or two here.
Today marks 6 of 12 months done on this challenge… just a few days short of half way. Some rough days like today it is hard to find the happy. I was in tears this afternoon for a lot of reasons all rolled into one. Tears then threatened again later when a friend seemed a little short with me on texts. I have just been feeling alone a lot lately. I suppose it is because I am awake more during the day since I have to take my boyfriend to work. The more awake hours, the more alone hours there are.
But I did break out a handful of stamps and used my Cricut even to make two different cards to mail out tomorrow. Getting ink and glue on my hands makes me happy. And for a little while I forget about the loneliness.
I have to say the grateful is pretty easy today. My boyfriend went over to pay our July rent check and found we had been over charged on are rent for a while now and had a $200 credit… THANKFULLY now we can go restock the refrigerator as it was getting very bare.
In about five hours I have to take my boyfriend to work and I am not that tired yet. So I will go read some more posts and hope to call it a night soon. Don’t forget to stay grateful!