The economy is suckie.
Giant newsflash for you there!
I'm so thankful that both Beloved and I are still employed, but I worry about everyone else. We have family that has been unemployed for quite some time now and I wonder how on earth they are making it.
Then there's Boy. He's returned to camp after re-cooperating from Mono (of which he had a seemingly mildly case) and is now sick. AGAIN.
He's thinking maybe there is black mold in his house. He's thinking he may need to move. He's anxious, I can hear it in his voice. If he can't figure something out, he'll have to move home. Which isn't all that bad, except, he'll lose both his job.
And that's pretty devastating.
Yet, it's not the end of the world, or at least I hope it isn't.
It's a pickle. It really is.
And he's not the only one in this pickle. Lots of folks are unemployed. Lots of people are visiting the food bank for the first time in their life. More families will receive food baskets for Christmas than last year.
Which is why those of us who are employed should give of our bounty.
My place of employment puts up a giving tree every year and the tags are snatched off there so quickly I'm surprised that the branches are left in one piece. What can I say? I work with a group of fabulous women.
For my part, I chose a gift tag for a little three-year-old girl, size 4T, who wanted...
A PRINCESS DRESS!
I do love me some PRINCESS shopping. Love. It.
There is just something about little girls all decked out in lace, silk, or velvet, that makes me giddy with joy. Sparkly shoes, white tights, colorful ribbons, it's all just so cute.
There are no more gift tags on our giving tree and I'm glad. It means that lots of folks are going to receive a lovely Christmas thanks in part to Curves Gym and our wonderful members.
This year, instead of buying yet another video game, why not help your child learn to give. A little sacrificial giving is good for the soul.
That, and it makes you feel pretty darn good too.