Another Day At The Dollar

Things Challenge #M294

Today’s words are LAX, LAPSE, and TIRED.

Yesterday was Easter and I had to work. It’s mind-boggling to me why a dollar store had to be open on such a holy day but it was. I can’t say it was financially beneficial, but it’s not my company.

One of the things I grow tired of at work is the total lack of discipline displayed by parents with their children. Yesterday, for instance, a woman was shopping with two young boys about 5 or 6 years old. Now, first of all, it was Easter and I am sure that those boys would rather have been home enjoying an Easter egg hunt, but their mom had to go shopping.

As this woman was standing in line to pay for her purchases her boys were taking everything off of the shelves by the register. She just kept saying, pick that up! She never moved. There was product all over the floor. Then the boys took pool noodles out of the box and were having a sword fight which further knocked more stuff all over the floor. Again, she just kept yelling put that away.

Needless to say, if they had been my children, I would have given them a swift slap on their bottoms and made them clean up their mess. I also would not have gotten them the sweet treats momma had for them. But that is me. After all the yelling by the mother, and after her bill was paid the three of them left the store leaving behind a mess.

In what world is this acceptable behavior? I am so weary of the lapse in the discipline of parents today. Don’t they realize that these kids are going to grow up and become our future? How will they function if they don’t learn respect and discipline? My cashier and I just shook our heads and cleaned up the mess.

I had a nice surprise yesterday, my daughter Samantha and her husband Stephen stopped in to say Happy Easter. I am a lucky mom for sure.

Another Day Another Dollar

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When I was young and raising my children I worked as an RN. I loved it. I never felt as if I was working. I used to dream about the time I could retire and do everything I was eager to try. Quilting, photography, and line dancing were some of the things. I did learn to quilt and take up photography, but I could never get my husband to go line dancing.

I always wanted to travel to Ireland, Rome, and Wales, as well as travel through the States. Overseas travel was never going to happen as my husband was afraid to fly. LOL, I did fly to Hawaii with my grown daughter to attend a program her sister was in. It was beautiful!

What I didn’t expect was my husband dying before we were able to see the rest of the country. And I didn’t expect to be working full time after I retired because I can’t afford to live without the income. I wish I had done some things differently in the past. But there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. It is what it is. So, I feel blessed that I am capable of working. And, I have actually grown to love my job. I am just working at a local dollar store but we have some of the nicest customers and my co-workers are great.

I hope to be able to continue to work for another year and then I think I will be in a position to really retire. I have this image of myself becoming a lady of leisure. Maybe traveling or just enjoying where I am and letting my imagination and the wonderful photos I see from my WordPress family fulfill my desire to see distant places.

We all have to make changes in our lives due to circumstances beyond our control. What makes those changes successful is the faith that I am right where God wants me to be and His grace will give me the strength to go forward.

The Photo Shoot

Word Of The Day: Cheater, Futility, Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Disposable, Mischief,  K.L Caley weekly #writephoto prompt Arrowslit, JusJoJan 19, 2023, Complaint

Walking through the ruins with my husband I was in awe of the peacefulness there. I couldn’t get enough shots of them with my camera. I was still learning how to use all of the settings. What a good time I was having with each picture I took. Hubby chuckled at me saying I was just taking the same images over and over.

Gary just thought the disposable instant camera he clung to was sufficient to record our day. I hated to say it, but I told him he was using a cheater camera that didn’t require any talent. LOL Gary was usually such an easy person to get along with, but for some reason this day he just had one complaint after another. Too many pictures, it’s dark inside of here, I am ready to leave, when is lunch?

Trying to explain how the light in each of my shots was different due to the tunnels and the reflection of the water proved to be an exercise in futility. He just didn’t get it. Have you ever wondered if someone doesn’t get it, or if they don’t want to get it? I was beginning to think I should have gone on my little photo shoot alone.

We finally rounded the last corner of the ruins. It was certainly a breathtaking site. I looked at the love of my life and he had a look of pure mischief about him. I looked back at the ruins and before I was a lovely little table set with china and crystal and the most scrumptious looking luncheon. What a wonderful surprise.

As we sat down to enjoy our meal, he confided in me that he thought that I was taking so long taking pictures that our lunch was going to be spoiled.

I miss this man every day. I lost him suddenly on August 16th, 2016. He was good and kind and…ok just a bit annoying and could drive me crazy, but we knew we had each other’s back and I thank God every day for him being in my life.