The last time I responded to a prompt from Plinky, it posted with absolutely no context—so let’s try to fix that this time. Today’s prompt is:
“Share three good things about your life right now. (A little New Agey, maybe, but it never hurts to look on the bright side.)”
He’s always there, always supportive, always loving. He’s patient beyond belief, entertaining, sexy, funny—I just can’t say enough good things about him. And that’s before having read the very depressing statistics about what happens to most couples when disabling illness or injury comes along. If the man is the one who is sick or injured, the woman usually sticks around and supports him. If it’s the woman, though, the man usually leaves. (Obviously, these statistics were only done for opposite-sex dyads.) So I was already lucky in having this marvelous man in my life for the last 12 years, and now we’re breaking the curve in other ways.
I’ve always said that if I could have placed an order for my child, it would have been Katie, right down the line. And there she is, still. I’m tickled that we’re still close as she’s entering adulthood and that she’s not too big to cuddle up with Mommy on occasion despite being 19.
Access to health care
I have access to it after spending most of the last ten years with little to no access to it. I have access to it when so many people around me who deserve that access just as much as I don’t have access to it. I certainly worked for many years to earn my Social Security credits, but so have many other people who don’t have any health care right now. The Social Security disability system is set up to make it horribly difficult to get approved for benefits, even in cases in which a claimant clearly qualifies. That’s wrong. It’s a waste of administrative costs. It causes vast amounts of unnecessary suffering, and much higher medical costs in the long run because those people’s health deteriorates while they’re fighting for coverage, resulting in higher claims after they’re finally on Medicare. It’s certainly the case for me. But my “good thing” is that I have the access!
I really could go on and on, but Plinky just asked for three things :-)