Do you sometimes think what you would do if you suddenly became rich? How you would live your life? If you would help loved ones? Travel? Help beloved charities?
Well, let’s just pretend today. We’ve just been given a windfall of a heck of a lot of money. Now what do you think you would want to do with it?
Here’s mine: I would buy up some land and build tiny homes (not teeny-tiny, but about 500-600 square feet) for displaced divorced women like me to live who aren’t old enough for social security.
There would be a real community feel to it. A common room for sharing meals, but only if you want to. A common garden to tend and share. Women helping women.
I wouldn’t buy another car unless the one I have was worn out. Why waste money?
I’d put some in savings to get me through the senior years so I’d be able to pay my bills.
And then I’d start giving. First up would be targeting women’s shelters. When women run, most of the time they won’t leave their children behind. But if their children are grown and gone, they won’t leave their pet behind.
A problem I hit was that you couldn’t bring your pet/pets. So that meant I wasn’t going.
It’s simply unrealistic to think an abused woman is going to leave behind the one ally she has in her life: her pet. So I would build facilities so that women wouldn’t have to leave their pet behind. Wondering if the man would be angry enough to hurt them. (Which does happen.)
They could take their pet/pets, head for the women’s shelter, and not have that worry. Isn’t that the least we could do for women in that situation?
Next I would target the libraries that have been losing funding and having to close. Along with that I’d target the literacy councils.
And last but absolutely not least, I’d work hard on creating “no kill” animal shelters. The thought of a pet being put down simply because no one wants them breaks my heart. It shouldn’t happen.
Yet animals don’t get a voice. I would try to be that voice.
Okay, it’s your turn. What would you do?