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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This has been a rollercoaster week. On the one hand, my paycheck Friday will be the largest I have ever received, and I should have a permanent job with benefits by the end of September. On the other hand, the car my husband's parents are letting us drive needed a lot of maintenance work which we could not afford. So they gave us the money to pay for it. I ran the numbers yesterday and we were good to scrape by until the end of the week.
This morning the mechanic called and said it was going to be $40 more than the estimate. That may not sound like much to you, but for us it was a make or break. So we had to call the parents back and ask for more money, plus hubby decided we needed to go to the food bank to make sure we had enough to get us through to the end of the week when I get paid.
I have always sent him to the food bank without me, on the months we need to go. He wanted me to go with him this time to see how it works. I was also frustrated because on Friday we will be fine. After Friday we will probably not need the food bank anymore. But today is Tuesday and we were almost out of bread. So I went to the food bank, in an extremely bad (don't touch me) mood.
The people at the food bank were so nice and we knew a few of the volunteers, which believe it or not was NOT embarrassing. I told everyone I was happy that it would be our last time visiting the food bank to "shop." On the way home we talked about how we can start giving back by volunteering at the food bank.
And for some reason I am in a better mood. There were a lot of people there who were disabled, or elderly and will probably always need the food bank to make ends meet. They are not too proud, so why should I be?
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    Exactly! I have heard that again and again from people. I myself was a recipient of a program when I was a single parent of two children 20 months apart. I have never passed up an opportunity since.
    1681 days ago
  • LARRI2010
    I'm glad you had a positive experience at the food bank. And that you plan to "give back." That's wonderful! And fingers crossed that the job works out!
    1691 days ago
    I would be humbled too. Glad to hear things are looking up for you.
    1691 days ago
  • 56ROSE
    Awesome! As a single Mom with a disabled son many years ago, I was on the receiving end on numerous occasions. I was so grateful for the kindness of others. I'm now able to give back to others in need; it is a great feeling! emoticon
    1691 days ago
    Well said. May you be blessed beyond measure when you put other people first in ways your faith would ask that you respond. Hug, hug -- Evelyn
    1694 days ago
    Loved your blog! So glad it all turned around for the best. Have a great day!
    1695 days ago
  • POPSY190
    A good outcome all round! So pleased to hear things are looking so positive for you on the job front.
    1695 days ago
  • E1SPAG
    Good for you turning a difficult experience into a positive one! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1695 days ago
    I'm glad you're starting to see light at the end of your tunnel, Teressa. emoticon

    And I'm so proud of you to be brave enough to blog about it for the whole big wide world!! My parents work a food bank and get such joy out of helping others. It's the highlight of their week. Their heart is truly just to help someone, not to judge. I imagine that's what you discovered today at your food bank. And I'm sure you will pass on the same when you volunteer.

    1695 days ago
    Maybe if you can't volunteer then you could donate food to the food bank!?!
    1695 days ago
    Always a good idea to volunteer to help others in order to raise your spirits and help yourself! Kudos!
    1695 days ago
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