... a message written to myself
I realize that your favorite restaurant took shrimp off the menu.
You have to peruse the specials
Or switch from seafood for a while
And choose a meat meal or salad.
You can afford a restaurant.
You are able to pay the mortgage,
The carpenter, the lawn boy,
Your fuel bill, electric bill,
A replacement for your old car.
Many people have lost everything in the oil spill.
I realize that last night’s wind felled your maple tree
Smashing your favorite rose bush
Putting deep dents in the front gutter.
You need to call a tree service.
Your house stands and is livable.
All your furniture is intact.
Wedding photos and babies’ firsts,
Passport and insurance papers,
Precious momentos are all safe.
Many people have lost everything in natural disasters.
I realize that money is tight, jobs are scarce.
Last year’s clothing is not chic,
Expensive entertainment is out,
Cutting corners is the way to go.
You can help someone who has less.
You are able to read and write.
You have access to a computer.
You have a head full of memories,
A mind full of imagination.
Many people have lost everything.
March 4, 2011