I am literally sitting here at my kitchen table typing this out on my cell phone huddled by a space heater. We have been without heat for a week! The repairman is due though between the illustrious hours of “10 and 2” so keep your fingers and toes crossed!
Everyday this week I have been reading and doing “gratefulness” exercises out of the book called The Magic by Rachel Byrne. Today’s exercise really got my cold brain thinking. It’s about money and being grateful for what you do have now and have been given in the past. You are instructed to think back to your childhood and recall memories of when hard-earned money was paid for you and to say thank you for those memories. Some of the examples given in the book are next and how I was able to answer them:
Did you always have food to eat? Yes
Did you live in a home? Yes
Did you go on vacations as a child? Yes
Did you have a bike, toys, or a pet? Yes
Did you go to the dentist? Yes
Did you have music lessons? Yes
These are just a few of the questions and I soon realized how fortunate I was and how grateful I am to my parents for providing for me. My dad was a school teacher and then school principal later and mom was a stay at home mom. Money was tight but we never went without. I recall my dad reminiscing about when my sister was probably about 5 or 6 and he was teaching history and coaching football and he was asked to donate to some cause at school and he had to choose between donating and getting my sister school shoes. I think he went with the “charity begins at home” idea that time.
This exercise got me really thinking about what a great budgeter my mom was. We took family vacations granted it was tent camping in Colorado or staying at a tiny rock cottage at the coast. I was thrilled to get my own room when I turned thirteen even though I shared it with the clothes dryer and the sewing machine! I was always clothed with lovingly sewed pieces my mother made and I’m sure I wasn’t always gracious about it. My sister and I were given piano lessons and given cars to use to commute to college. I recall these things and my heart is full today.