Every year a friend of mine and a team of other women put together an online store to raise funds for a needy family. They ask for and receive donations of crafts, baking, gifts, candles, gift certificates and jewelry and then sell them through a private on-line “store”. It is a great way to get into the spirit of the season and give back to some people who really need it. People who are struggling financially and perhaps emotionally.
This year we are the needy family. I would like to take a few minutes to tell you why we are struggling. Here goes.
In August my husband and I made the decision to cancel our planned two-week Christmas vacation in Hawaii. His work contract would be ending in December and while we had no reason to think he wouldn’t get another contract, we both felt it was the financially responsible thing to do. Still, it was a dark day when I emailed the agent and told her to cancel our condo reservations and the flights we had booked on points. I was the one who had to tell the kids that despite just spending three weeks in Southern California we would not be flying to Maui in December. They were real troopers.
It’s been almost eighteen months since I quit my job. It did take me a few months to get used to being at home during the day while our daughter was at school, but I think I adjusted well. Yoga had never really been my thing but I learnt to embrace it as it helped stretch out the muscles I was now stressing on longer daily runs in the woods with my friends. Now that my husband isn’t traveling as much there really isn’t any reason for me not to return to work. I’m going to have to adjust my running schedule and won’t be able to help out at school hot lunch days but I know it needs to be done. My yoga instructor will miss me, but I’m sure with some serious meditation she will be okay.
Public transit may well become a part of our future. One of our SUVs has decided that it is tired and after fifteen years it has become…..temperamental. So that leaves us with just the one truck. My husband has been great about walking the half mile up to Starbucks in the mornings to get his morning mocha and we have been able to coordinate our schedules so that when he needs to get to the gym I can go with him and get the shopping done. Fortunately Whole Food is only a few block away. We have been researching bus route on our iPads and we think we can make it work. Have you ever looked at a bus schedule though? Super confusing.
Earlier this summer we had the kids bathroom renovated. It had been stuck in the eighties and was looking a little um…..yellow. A friend of ours helped out with the design and after a month or so my vision became reality. But now the other two bathrooms in our house look a little shabby. I’ve been forced to take my bath in their bathroom as the tub is deeper and well, the floor is heated. Our bathroom does not have radiant heating. Or a toilet seat that closes itself. Or drawers that hold plush towels. It’s sad really. Doesn’t everyone deserve a nice bathroom?
So there you have it. It’s been a rough couple of months but we are staying strong and hoping that with a little help we will see a light at the end of the tunnel. Or maybe a Hawaiian sunset.
The Best Thing in Life is a good dose of reality.