Be Careful What You Wish For

I’ve always wished I could be thinner, even when I weighed less than 100 lbs. Then out of the blue I suffered a stroke one frosty January morning as I was trying on new clothes ordered from Cold Water Creek. The stroke was mild, but I know that it’s essential now for me to exercise, eat healthy and stay fit. And guess what – I’ve lost twenty pounds and had to buy new clothes in a size smaller. But I would not recommend stroke therapy as a way to lose weight.

I’ve also wished that we spent less and saved more for rainy days. Just as quickly as I had a stroke, my husband lost his job in the middle of the recession. We now know, without a doubt, that losing your job in a recession qualifies as a rainy day. As a result we are spending less, buying little and doing without creature comforts we enjoyed in our lives – gym memberships, life insurance, expensive haircuts, planned vacations, even some prescription drugs. All gone now, but a much larger Rainy-Day-Fund tucked away for when a need emerges. Even though this is a new form of comfort, I wouldn’t recommend job loss as way to improve your budget.

Don’t think I’ll wish for anything else. Heaven only knows what might happen if I send any more wishes out into the Universe. We’re good, as the kids say. I’ll just go water the tomato plants, pick a bowl of juicy red raspberries, and inspect the cucumber, zucchini and pumpkin plants in the yard. I’m not even grieving the three trees we lost this year due to winter kill. We can replace them with flowers: the peony that’s too close to the grape trellis, blue geraniums out growning their bedding area, and iris by the patio that need to be thinned and moved.

As I puttered around the yard yesterday afternoon, clipping stems of spent iris, they reminded me of a cluttered closet that needed to be cleaned out, made ready for new growth. I found myself wishing for a gentle rain to give them all a good long drink of water before the summer is gone.

And this morning I knew, that just like the iris, I also need a good long drink of water … a nice quiet and soothing rainy day. I can’t think of a better time to visit the Cold Water Creek website for a few new clothes (as long as they are on sale and in a smaller size, of course). After all, we do have this nice new Rainy-Day-Fund, all tucked away for when we need it. And right now a rainy day is all the reason I need to apply a little shopping therapy. And I’ve learned my lesson – I am being very careful what I wish for. I only want a little rainy day, not a flood. I do hope the Universe is listening!

About beeconcise

A Southern writer living in the Pacific Northwest.
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