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Being thankful for little irks of life

As the kids say these days, I don’t know if I’m feelin’ Thanksgiving this year. It’s just been a rough one for me, you know• Let me tell you about yesterday alone.

I got into my car, and the tank was nearly empty. See• I drove over to the gas station in my dependable vehicle and found gas cost almost $3 a gallon. Yup, there goes breakfast at Starbucks. Fortunately, as usual, I had enough money to fill the tank.

On my way to work, I came upon someone whose car was stalled on the side of the road. It was holding up traffic, and that delayed me a couple of minutes. (Note to drivers: Just because one person is pulled over doesn’t mean we all have to hit the brakes to watch.)

All this wouldn’t have been so bad, but then I walked into the office and found that because of the holiday, our deadlines were changed, which meant I’d have to spend about 10 more minutes at work. Sigh.

Then my cousin who has been unemployed for months called me. She was laid off and moved into a friend’s apartment. I listened to her go on and on, and when she paused, I told her how I dreaded going to the grocery store so I could buy all the fixings for a huge Thanksgiving feast at my house. She didn’t seem too interested for some reason.

A couple of hours later, I went to get lunch and, on my way, encountered a homeless person who asked me for spare change.

“Nope. Sorry,” I mumbled. You never know what they’re going to do with that money.

In the checkout line, I opened my wallet, and the change purse part spilled because I had so many coins in it. It was so embarrassing! I held up the line while trying to gather the quarters. I finally got annoyed and ended up leaving some of the money on the ground.

It was really a disappointment, considering how much I paid for that wallet.

When I got home, my husband told me he wasn’t feeling well. As the adults say, when it rains, it pours. Of course, I called the doctor and set an appointment for him. We have health insurance, so it won’t cost much. I just know I’m going to catch whatever he has, though.

Then I turned on my laptop computer and read a story about a woman who needed major medical tests but couldn’t afford it because she’s uninsured. I was about to post a comment to the story when my computer froze. What a pain. Why doesn’t anything work the way it should?

I turned on the television instead. On the news, they showed what’s happening in Mozambique. The African country is racked with poverty, and one of eight adults there has HIV. How disturbing.

So I turned the channel. After all, I was trying to relax after my tough day — and thank goodness “Access Hollywood” was on. What is that Charlie Sheen going to do next?

So I don’t know. It’s just hard to find anything to be grateful about these days.


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