Can’t Complain

This is water week in my part of the woods.  Second time in 3 years that we get a 100 year flood… and most places haven’t recovered from the last one.  National Emergency (means the army is around) and the city declared a “climate emergency”, for what that’s worth.

The sort of good news out of this is that there are few if any poor people living in coastal areas here.  They all own their homes.  One person died due to a road washout, but otherwise no serious injuries.  The worst part is that people are going to lose all their stuff.  It’s a lot of stuff, and it’s worth money, but they are alive.  It will take time to rebuild, but at least that opportunity is present and there are systems in place to provide some assistance.  (I am grossly summarizing the complexities of this aid.)

So when my gutters, porch, driveway all gave way to rain… I knew I was in for a big bill.  It wasn’t related to flooding, just incessant rain and less than ideal drainage.  Then my furnace decided to stop working.  And for some reason this year, I owed a very large amount in taxes.  Within the span of 5 days, all of a sudden I have this massive bill.

I am appreciative that even though this is a large and unplanned expense, I still have the means to take care of it.  More so, appreciative that many people in my area have it much worse.

Won’t lie, it does make my brain itch and sleep this week has been rather difficult.  But I really can’t complain…I’m not in distress and sometimes life just gives you a set of bad rolls.  I know I’ve had my fair share of both 1s and 20s.  The cruise during March break was a 20.  This is a 1.

As long as the family is happy and healthy, it all works out in the end.

One thought on “Can’t Complain

  1. All the best to you and yours through this, As. Even with the means to take care of it, events like this are never pleasant. Nonetheless, a healthy attitude to get you through. I had a similar reflection just last night when our washing machine gave up the ghost on top of my wife’s laptop the day earlier, on top of some already planned maintenance to the house and car.

    This is going to be an expensive weekend, but it could be so much worse and some do have it so much worse. My wife manages an early child care centre in a fairly low decile area so we see it a lot, just how much worse that it can be.

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