Savings and Snowstorms

scan0001My life has drastically changed in this last year and I think I love it.Today my husband of nearly forty years came in complaining that he lost about five thousand dollars in his retirement fund.I know that sounds bad but really I can remember when we didn’t have two nickels to rub together let alone five thousand dollars to lose.We heated our home with two fuel oil stoves in the winter and our windows were drafty and the floors ice cold.We never wanted for much though because we loved our life.If you heard a snow storm was coming you didn’t stay home,you packed up the kids and went to moms or your sisters and sometimes stayed for three days.We played Monopoly and Scrabble.We made huge pots of goulash and chili and we laughed.I especially loved going to my sister Linda’s.We would bake and I would sleep in her sun porch among all of her beautiful plants.We drove old rattle trap cars and when we started to work at Walbros Linda had a white Buick( I think it was) that we had to put a bottle of transmission fluid in or something every day to get to work.One day we had a dead cat in the motor and it stunk sooooooooooo bad and we were afraid to look in it and had a guy at work take it out for us.I also slammed a cats head in the car door and killed it that very same week.I just thank God it wasn’t Jami’s kitten Blacky and Whitey.Yup one cat with a long name.I think the end of that car was when we were coming home from work and the tye rod broke.We were always doing something with the kids after they came along.It wouldn’t cost a lot of money but it would be fun.Every Friday we would walk around Kmart or once in a blue moon take them for a pizza.There was one afternoon we were in Kmart and the girls had to go to the bathroom.We opened the door and a woman naked from the waist down was drying her butt off at the hand drying thing.We were so grossed out and yet we laughed that stupid scared laugh you get when you’re in a situation like that.We were out of there so fast.We mostly stayed home though and watched TV or rented a movie and made popcorn,something I do with my grandkids yet today.Really our fun never came from the money we spent,it came from the people we were with and our own imaginations.

I think those days were hard but they made us who we are and I wouldn’t change any part of it.A lot of young people now days do not know how to wait for anything or even save for it.My kids in their early life have so much more than I ever did at their age.It bothers me sometimes when I see kids today have to have the best phone,car, computer,clothes,or whatever and there is nothing to speak of in their savings account.They spend like there is no tomorrow and then when they get in trouble they come to us who have went our whole lives trying to save to bail them out.The sad part is that we usually do and when they get back on their feet we are usually the last person they think to repay.I don’t think that kids know the real meaning of happiness doesn’t have to come from possessions,it comes from the simple things.I hope there comes a day when our kids are content with what they have and not hunger for what they don’t need.I want them to remember that everything has a price and that credit is something you should give not spend.I want them to realize that memories are priceless and laughter doesn’t cost a cent.

I now play games with my grandkids and we have a blast.Peyton and I were in a serious match of tic tac toe the other night.She is so funny.Her mom was making her play Go Fish with a deck of cards to help her learn her numbers not long after that and she got sick of it.The next thing I heard was Peyton saying——Mom I don’t want to play Go Fish anymore,I want to play Old Hag.(she meant Old Maid).It was then we had a whole lot of that free laughter going around,and another one of those memories,and it didn’t cost a cent.

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