the gift

September 12, 2011

its labor day… working people have come in our store for their BBQ ribs and sodas for an afternoon of family barbeque. I watched someone write out a check today…. its funny because I see hundreds of checks a month. but she wrote it out… date first… signed it… wrote in the numerical amount 36.40 leaving the hand written numbers for last… i thought that was odd… I watched her carefully turn to the front page of her checks to a very worn page. bent cornered…in large numbers she had written each amount out:
20 30 40 50 then next to it she wrote in oversized letters how to write each of the numbers — TWENTY, THIRTY, FORTY, FIFTY…. CENTS. I was in awe.

what if I could not write? what if I had lived in that different world… so far away from my insulated middle class america world. I wondered where i would be now.. where would I be now… and would I have had the courage to persevere?

I watched how carefully she wrote each of the letters looking back each time to write the letters in the right order.

It was then I realized how easily and carelessly I write each day…. taking forgranted my life … and what a gift it is to have an education, read and write. how easy my life is.
a gift.

god bless texas.

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