I have never really had to do without something important,
like food and shelter and clothing.
There have been times in my life when I had very little
but I always had those three things.
There were a few years when I had to decide between paying for
the telephone or utilities or buying food.
Those were the years I sometimes paid rent with cash advances on my credit cards.
Those were years when I wondered what would happen if I lost my job.
Then I lost my job.
I signed up for unemployment benefits.
I looked for a job for five months.
During those five months I always had food, a place to live, and clothes.
I still had those things because:
I would get a note from a friend with twenty dollars in it.
A friend would call and take me out to lunch or dinner.
Someone would stop by and have a casserole with them or a bag of groceries.
When my birthday came, with all the gifts I received, it was like Christmas.
Then I got a job.
A good job…better than the one I had before.
I could pay all the bills on time.
No more cash advances on credit cards to pay the rent.
Life went on.
I am a different person than I was before that hard time.
Who I am today is in large part because of the kindness of friends.
I became a better person.
I am blessed.
I am thankful.
Today, I think this will satisfy both the 30 Days of Thankful
and telling you a little something about me.