Thursday, December 10, 2009

This week's Spin Cycle assignment is about our Christmas wish list.  Go to Sprite's Keeper to read more spins about All I Want for Christmas...

I could pretend I was a finalist in a beauty contest and say all the right platitudes and cliches that inspires others to nod their heads in agreement and condone my "goodness."  Because I do, like so many others, wish for world peace, end world hunger, and so many other worthy causes and endeavors.

But what I want and what I need is moolah, wampum. greenbacks, dough, bread, legal tender baby!

I'm going to admit that my wish is for M.O.N.E.Y.

Maybe it's because I grew up in a household where the lottery was played everyday.  My dad always wanted to hit it big.  He plays every single day of his life and starts to get jittery if he can't get to the store to play his numbers. He just turned eighty. I figured that if he put away that five bucks everyday, he'd have over a hundred thousand in the bank right now. Yeah Dad, that's right, put away the fiver.

Maybe it's because I watched my mom stretch a dollar better than anyone I have ever met, her sole purpose to keep a roof over our seven heads.

Maybe it's because I thought as the next generation that we had moved up the poverty ladder a couple of rungs. Our kids are going to college for goodness sake! But the last few years has brought everyone in my family back down the ladder and we are no better off than my mom and dad were forty years ago.

I might sound a little whiny, but only because I'm tired.  I feel like a toddler that hasn't taken her nap.  Don't get me wrong, I do believe that I have a little piece of heaven on earth and I am very grateful for all I do have.  When it comes to relationships, family, friends, love and support, its a virtual cornucopia.

I'm not asking to be a billionaire or even a millionaire, yes I am just enough for some real breathing room.  That's another thing, I haven't taken a full breath in a long time.  Can I say that money will help me in my quest for peace, sleep, and expanded lung capacity? Yes, yes I think I can.

So Santa Baby...


Sprite's Keeper said...

I think if you look down into everyone's wants and desires, you will find that wish. No worries about being selfish. Kudos for being honest! You're linked!

jpooh said...

You are not alone.

I applaud your honesty - I was afraid to wish for "magically make our debt disappear." Because it is rather large - Beloved was absolutely FLEECED in his divorce, then we went into hock to acquire our business. If it should go under, so will we.

Whew - that felt good to get off my chest.

Jan from the Sushi Bar

Jim Styro said...

I think it's always a struggle to keep things in perspective - no matter how much cash is available. I rewatched a West Wing episode set in the Midwest the other day, where an average Joe in a bar expresses his economic woes in this way:
"I don't expect life to be easy - but it shouldn't have to be so hard."

If I hit the MegaMillions, I promise to get you and Sibok some new digs (big enough for kid's class in one section, aerobics for the parents in another, and living quarters up above...whadda ya think?). Oh, wait - I gotta start PLAYING MegaMillions!

Last thing: (I know you know this already - I'm just reminding you) The older I get, the more clearly true it is - Being happy is so much more dependent on learning how to be satisfied with what you have, than getting better at acquiring what you think you need.

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