No Funny in the Money
When it comes to money, there's very little funny.
It's like when, in Meet Me in St. Louis, Rose says, "I hate, loathe, despise and abominate money!" Mr. Smith quips, "You also spend it."
And that's most of our relationships with money, isn't it? We don't like it and yet we embrace it every day, justify spending it, run out of it, get some more of it, try to be frugal with it, justify spending and so on.
And this time of year, in the good ol' U S of A, I can see the strain in the face of most people. Money is running out and most folks are in the process of spending more of it than they should. In short, they are mostly miserable.
It was awful. It made my gut hurt. It made me want to go put that thing on my credit card and give it to them so they'd just stop hating each other for that moment. But I didn't. I just held it all in my abdomen for a few minutes, swallowed the stress of the situation and got the hell out of there.
I'm going to try and find some funny, try to remember that in a year or even six months the money situations of today will not exist or be much, MUCH less important, and mostly try to find the important quiet moments of family and the almost narcotic scent of pine and the precious smiles and laughter of those I love.
"Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Let your heart be light.
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight" - Esther Smith
Thanks for reading, off to write... and chill out.