Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Back to the beginning...

Six years ago this morning, my car got towed from the parking lot of an Osco pharmacy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood at something like 4 in the morning. I was unemployed, desperate for money, and my friend had just paid me $150 to take care of their pets for two weeks while they were gone to South America. I had taken them to the airport, and on the way home, stopped at Dunkin Donuts in Hyde Park for an extra-large coffee and two donuts.

The tow fee was $125, plus bus fare. It was not one of my better days. As my blog post that morning also shared, it was the single most expensive snack-food I have ever eaten - figuring that the coffee figured to about $45, and the donuts were about $43 apiece, all told.

Today was much, much better by comparison.

My friends in recovery will tell me that if I want to see how important my problems are, I should try to remember what I was really worried about a week ago. Part of the joy of a blog, a journal or a diary is that I really can see what the big deals were, once upon a time. And they just aren't so very big deals, any more.

6 comments:

Erin Wilson said...

:) So glad you're not in that place anymore, Steve.

Heidi Renee said...

me too

Ozark Uncle said...

Yup, that would be a night I'd want to forget. But you know, most of the donuts I buy are at 4 a.m. in the morning. Usually, I'm out there helping someone like you did, and a donut always seems like a treat on those occasions. This comment makes light of something that happened six years ago -- it's much easier to do than when it happened.

Roma said...

I am always doing that..looking back at the day ahead this time a couple of years ago to pick out improvements!
I really love your style, it's really poignant, yet with light humour in there too.. A joy to read!


p.s You write so effortlessly and professionally ,i was wondering if you could spare the time to have a quick peek at my blog that i've just set up and comment on what you think. If you love it/detest it, please just say- I value your opinion! Thanks alot :) !

Joanne said...

Awesome post and sooooooo true! Blessings, Joanne

Novelty Pens said...

Sometimes the hurdles seem much taller at the time that they really are...