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What would *I* do with a million dollars?

Feb 18, 2011

one MILLION dollars

Remember when $100.00 was a lot of money? 
$1,000.00? 
A million dollars is still a good deal of money, though – certainly enough to alleviate a significant amount of stress or financial hardship.

Honestly, I don’t need a whole heck of a lot.  I just wouldn’t know what to do with it all.

After giving the first 10% to my church, I would pay off my house, THEN go about the business of making all the repairs that this comfy old house needs so badly.

I’d pay for my son’s college so we could eliminate the need for his pending student loans, and I’d encourage my two older sons to attend college [now that I could afford it

I’d breathe a little easier.

I’d go and get a professional haircut instead of mutilating my own hair every few months.

I’d put money away for when my husband retires, and I’d tell him to immediately quit his second job!

With a million dollars, I would pay off all my medical bills and open up some sort of savings account so I could afford all future bills not covered by insurance, plus all the expensive co-pays on my medications.  Perhaps I’d even delve into holistic medicine or some alternative type of healthcare where all the doctors work together and treat the patient like a person instead of like an annoying conglomeration of symptoms.

Peace of mind.  No, you can’t buy it, but you can afford to ward off so many of it’s thieves.

If I had a million dollars, I would wrap a really big box for my husband and fill it with lots and lots of cotton.  When he finally emptied all of the cloud-like cotton out of the box, there would be a toy airplane tied to a certificate at the bottom that enabled him to take his favorite Cessna out for a flight each weekend.  He has a pilot’s license and absolutely loves to fly, but it’s just too expensive to rent a plane for even an hour or two.  Flying has become a memory of something he used to do when he was single.

There’s no way I could get away without buying my daughter a toy or two (or ten :-/ ), just as long as it’s a one-time deal – no spoiled kids in this house!  But, oh… not having to worry about her college fund – how wonderful would that be?

I have always imagined starting a charity for young widows with children.  I would want to try to start that.  People express their condolences when they meet a young widow taking care of young children; sometimes they’ll bring over a meal or leave an open-ended offer of “call me if you need anything” before they disappear, but few people realize how – or if – she’s able to take care of everything.  Is she by herself?  Does she have a family that helps her?  Did her husband have adequate life insurance to help with the children?  Who babysits when one of the kids is sick on a school day and she can’t take off from work?  As a former young widow with 3 boys, I know there are many things that people assumed about our situation that just weren’t so.

At least now I can laugh (though still with disbelief) about my boss at that time telling me, in all seriousness, that I didn’t need a raise, I needed a husband.  No, my children needed to eat… I’m pretty sure I needed a raise :-/

A million dollars IS a lot of money and the responsibility of spending it in a good and proper way is daunting to me.  The words, “To whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48) take on a deeper and more personal meaning in the shadow of ONE MILLION DOLLARS.  Perhaps I’m better off just dealing with the daunting tasks at hand.

For now, anyway ;-)

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4 comments

  1. I’d go and get a professional haircut instead of mutilating my own hair every few months.

    Hahaha! Love this one! My personal repeat-offending crime. :lol:

    With a million dollars you could also commission a book on how to be a dependable support system for widows with children. Oftentimes, well-meaning people are afraid to unintentionally offend or trespass. Or you could self-publish: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being a Widow’s Friend. ;)


    • Ahh, Jack/Blanche… what a good idea!

      I certainly don’t need a million dollars to start working on such a book. And you’re absolutely right: one thing I took away from my loss was that you really can’t do anything wrong when you’re trying to help someone in this situation, as long as you try to do SOMETHING.

      Most of the time, what someone says isn’t as important as the fact that they didn’t treat the grieving party as if they had the plague because of the fear of ‘doing/saying something wrong’.

      I could publish any number of Idiot’s Guides, to be sure :-/ Right now, I’m working on a coffee table book on how to LOOK like an idiot: Chapter One: Continue to chop off your own hair periodically.

      Let’s treat ourselves to real haircut soon, ok? :-)

      Debi


  2. Brilliant picture, perfect for the post topic


    • Thank you, Timmer. Remembering how Dr. Evil being was so confused about a million dollars and then a billion dollars is also perfect for good laugh :-)



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