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A Red Letter Day

redletterdayYesterday was a what my mother would have called a “Red Letter Day.” How that expression ever meant something good happened is beyond me. Perhaps I’ll add it to my list of “Inquiring Minds Want to Know” for my students. But, I digress.

A couple of major events went right yesterday, and I want to share them with you. Sharing good news with others always makes it better, don’t you agree?

First, I had $700 land in my lap straight from heaven. Yup. I kid you not. Here’s the story. When I bought the wheelchair van a couple of weeks ago, I was so thrilled a dealership would help me. During the past three years, I’ve watched my 800 credit score take a nose dive into to 500’s because of unemployment and illness. But there I go again, getting off the track. Do you think old age is setting in?

The manager who did the assessment of my Outlander said the dealership would give me $6700 for my trade-in. (This was $2000 more than a previous assessment of our car at a different dealership.) On top of that, Palmen was able to get me financing at 11.9%. I was so thrilled I could make this deal, I signed the financial papers before they could change their minds!

A couple of days later, I studied the papers I had signed with unemotional eyes and found a mistake; they only gave me $6000 for the trade-in, so I called the salesman right away and told him of the discrepancy. Because I discovered the mistake in the middle of Labor Day weekend, I would have to wait until the following Tuesday to get he problem rectified.

The following Tuesday I got my good self out to the dealership. The salesman met me at my car with a big smile and said, “Barb, you were exactly right. The loan guy found the mistake, and you’ll get a check for $700 in a couple of days.” We shook on it, and I went home.

As you might imagine, $700 is a lot of money for me, so I waited for the postman everyday like a lovesick teenager waiting for a letter from her beau. After two weeks went by and no check had appeared, I called the Palmen General Manager and told him my story. While I waited on the phone, the manager confirmed the details with the salesman, returned to the  phone, and said there would be a check waiting for me at the cashier’s office the next morning. Yippee!

Bright and early, around nine o’clock, I pointed the van west and was off to the pick up the check. I immediately plopped it in the bank and now my savings account is fatter than it has been in over five years.

As I was doing the dance of joy over that feat, Tom from Erickson Mobility came to see whether he could fix Ken’s power wheelchair, so it would fit into the van. He almost had to take the whole chair apart, but there was a way to lower the seat a couple of notches, so now the magic wheels could be lifted into the van on the lift. Not only did he fix the chair, he adjusted the lift and told us the car might be older, but the lift was only two years old–and get this, he remembered installing it. Yippee–again!

Well, Ken and I couldn’t let these two wonderful events go by without celebrating, so we got dolled up and went out for an inaugural date. We decided on having a light supper at IHOP because I had a BOGO (buy one get one) coupon. If we had been at a five-star restaurant, we wouldn’t have been any happier.

So God Bless the good folks at Palmen Motors and Erickson Mobility in Racine. And if you think this testimony is an unsolicited commercial, you’d be exactly right. It’s nice to know there are honest people still running businesses right in my own backyard.

True Love Shown on Valentine’s

Today, I’m Grateful.

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I’ve come from the depths of despair to be revived by my dear friends and my beautiful in-laws who have all surrounded me with their love. I wasn’t going to talk about my situation, but I have to speak. It’s too beautiful not to pass on to you.

Just so you all know, for my entire life I have not been a slacker. I’ve been a doer. A leader. A hard worker. A person who wasn’t afraid to take the road “less traveled.”  For example, I was managing websites, when I barely knew what the Internet was back in 1995.  I’ve explored different careers. I’ve been a secretary, an adult college student, a business writer, an E-Commerce manager, a financial adviser, and an author with five books under my belt and two more ready for the editor. My latest career as a caretaker for my dear husband who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis is by far the most challenging of my life.  But that’s enough about me. I find tooting my own horn crass.

I just want you to understand, I’ve always paid my bills on time without fail . . . until the last year. And on Tuesday, my car was repossessed.

After Ken and I got all our junk out of the car, I handed the tow truck driver my keys. I didn’t cry. Instead, I sat in my chair with a numbness I can’t explain. It was almost as if this horrible, humiliating thing had just happened to someone else. That evening, Ken and I looked at each other and wondered where our lives had gone so wrong.

After a couple of hours of accepting what had happened, I found enough strength to call a friend. Then another. Ken called his parents. Before we knew it, the ball was rolling and we were surrounded in love. “It’ll be all right, Barb.” They all said. Then they took action.

By the next day, my dear father-in-law went to the bank and paid off the balance of our loan. My other friend, Jackie gave me money to get the car off the impound lot. Terry brought me the reflux medicine I needed. And Kay told me this morning that she’s going to spearhead some kind of fund raiser to help us.

The moral to this very personal story is this: Friends are the greatest gifts the Universe gives us. It’s evident  God works through them whenever He/She can. They are more precious than gold.

So, on this Valentine’s Day, be sure to give all of your friends and family a big hug and let them know how dear they are to you. They are special blessings. My story is sound proof.

Happy Valentine’s Everyone. Thanks for reading.