Along with a dozen other colleagues, I lost my job yesterday, my paycheck, my security, my self-esteem, my health insurance and my excuse for inertia.
After a fitful night's sleep, I woke earlier than usual and enjoyed a cup of tea while applying for unemployment compensation. Then, considering the sunshine and my need to work off some energy I headed outside to clear the garden for spring. My flower beds, carefully cleared of leaves and debris in the fall were covered with a thick blanket of oak leaves. There are no oak trees in my yard, by the way.
I raked and raked, wishing my husband had gotten his new glasses and my son had his teeth cleaned before our insurance stopped - I provide our family's health insurance. Just as I was wondering how I was going to pay off the older son's wisdom teeth removal, my rake got too close to the white picket fence that I have carefully scraped and repainted every few years, pulling the plank away from its neighboring uprights. My white picket fence smiled at me like a gapped-tooth fool.
Hmm, maybe if my neighbor, a healthy, young single man, gets downsized from his job, too, he might have the time or inclination to rake his leaves this fall.
Causes Jodi Thompson Supports
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee