Perspective and silver lining, thanks to the Joads

1 July 2009

Sometime, when you think you’re in a bit of a spot, you need a little bit of perspective.  You know the old saying about “I once cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”?  That’s the kind of perspective I’m talking about here — the “it could be a whole lot worse” kind.  The “you have no idea how good you’ve got it” kind.  The kind that says, “hey, our home state’s not so bad — look at California, they can’t even pass a freaking budget!”  I don’t mean being cheered at the misfortune of others; I mean being thankful that for whatever reason, God has chosen to protect you from that misfortune.

In my case, being thankful that my last name isn’t Joad.

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A thank you from the state

25 March 2009

I just got my family’s state tax refund today.

That, in itself, is not a big deal.  For one, it was only $213, which does beat a slap in the face with a dead lobster but isn’t going to make or break us financially.  For another, we got our federal refund – over $6000 – three weeks ago, part of the reason the state refund isn’t that big a whoop.  No, what made it special is that the state included a thank-you note.

You think I’m kidding.  I’m not kidding.  This is what was printed on the stub attached to the check:

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