If The $500 Fairy Visited (A Mama Kat Prompt)

This week, I chose a Mama Kat prompt that allowed me to dream, for at least a few minutes. The prompt is:

If I gave you $500 today, but you could use it for only one purchase, what would you buy and why?

Source: www.morguefile.com

Source: www.morguefile.com

There are three things I would choose from if $500 were placed into my hands right now:

Option One:  Pay down debt. The $500 would only put a small dent in what we owe but every single dollar toward being able to breathe again (emotionally) is a dollar well spent.

Option Two:  Send my mother in law on her dream trip to Rome. I know $500 wouldn’t cover the whole thing at all but it would be $500 closer than I am now.  At 78, her stamina to negotiate an overseas trip like that probably isn’t infinite. I hate to give up on this dream. I wish I could have found a way to save up for it, to win it (I’ve entered plenty of contests), to repay someone who has meant so much to me.

Option Three:  Travel to Guatemala to visit our sponsored child, Silvia. At 18, her time in the sponsorship program is limited (it ends when she stops formal schooling). The guidelines regarding sponsor/sponsoree contact after sponsorsSilvia (the mom), Tenley, Me, Silvia July 2011hip ends are strict, and it is unlikely she and I will see one another again. I want to look her in the eyes, give her a hug, wish her a lifetime of happiness, and thank her for what she has meant to Tenley and to me. $500 would cover the cost of a Mission Awareness Trip with the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. There would still be the issue of airfare, and getting Tenley there, but $500 would be a start.

Thanks, Kat, for the opportunity to dream out loud (or on screen…..or whatever this is!).

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My Perfect Roman Holiday Party (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)

When Mama Kat published her five writing prompts on Tuesday, one of them made me laugh out loud just thinking about writing to the prompt (the one about when I have laughed at an inappropriate time). But random.org isn’t influenced by what I think is funny and gave me, instead, prompt number two:  If you had the opportunity to throw a dream party for your closest family and friends, describe what that would look like.

Party Condition Number One: There would be nametags. There would be nametags because I have prosopagnosia (faceblindness) which would take far more than one blog to explain (although I started down the path in this post last September). It’s my perfect party, so there will be nametags, and they will be worn (please).

Party Condition Number Two: The theme will be “Roman Holiday.” There will be food and drinks (including non alcoholic versions) prepared by Velva from Tomatoes on the Vine, such as this concoction:

Photo Credit: Velva Knapp

Party Condition Number Three: One of the scads of talented photographers I know such as Jacob Abrams (pictured below) will be there to take photo-journalism style pictures so we will have the memories far into the future and I won’t have to spend the whole night thinking “gotta get this so I can put it on Facebook”!

Photo Credit: Jacob Abrams

Party Condition Number Four: If the party is at my house, it will have been professionally cleaned (inside) and landscaped (outside) in advance. Oh, and decorated too. That’s not my forte.

Party Condition Number Five: Under the pretense of “entertainment,” I will assemble everyone to watch an entertaining short film about Rome (a film I will have arranged for one of the scads of talented young filmmakers I know to make). BUT, the purpose of the film will actually be
to surprise my wonderful mother-in-law, Barb, with the news that she is scheduled to go on her fantasy trip to Rome, at no cost to her!

Barb shares her story with the Florida Vision Summit

Party Conditions Number Six and Seven: Someone will foot the bill for this fantasy trip to Rome (and the Roman Holiday Party) and I will be part of the contingent going to Rome with her. I used to say, “it doesn’t matter who goes as long as Barb gets to go to Rome” (this has been a dream of hers for a long time) but now that my appetite for international travel has been stirred by my July trip to Guatemala, I want to be one of her travel companions.

My perfect party would be one where I made a loved one’s dream come true …. and had everyone I care about there to celebrate with me (while wearing nametags).