His mention of Australia jogged my memory a bit. I still keep in touch with a small group of friends from high school, mostly guys my own age (I was always the girl that guys were friends with, but never dated). For the last few years, we've been tossing around plans for a trip to Australia one summer. Go over for a week, hang out and see the lovely country. I'm not sure why we picked Australia, but I'd love to go. I've always wanted to go.
The trouble is that I am poor. I work in retail, and I'm lucky if I net $20 grand a year. I have student loans, credit card bills, car insurance, rent, and utilities every month, which leaves very little grocery and fun money. That last few times I tried to save some money up, my car broke. So I'm not tempting fate again.
One of my best friends called me a few weeks ago, and he mentioned the Australia trip.
Did I still want to go?
But they are thinking next year or the year after, and I don't know if I can save that much. And I tell him that.
What if money wasn't an issue?
Um, Eric, my friend, money will always be an
But what if it isn't?
Then I guess I'd be in.
He offered to pay for me. Out of the blue and like it wasn't even a big deal. Eric and I have known each other since the first grade. Twenty years, next month. Even if I don't end up taking his offer (I teeter very close to that "too proud to accept charity" line), I am amazed at his generosity in offering.
It's a wonderful feeling, to know that I have friends like that.
The next link in the chain is Of Chapters and Reels.
Also, here is the entire Round 4 Line-Up.
Pass the Torch
The Road Less Travelled
Fireflies in the Cloud
Even in a Little Thing
The Secret Government Eggo Project
Curiouser and Curiouser
At Home, Writing
Mad Scientist Matt's Lair
I, Misanthrope - The Dairy of a Dyslexic Writer
Beyond the Great Chimney Production Log
The Hal Spacejock Series
Of Chapters and Reels
Just a Small town girl
Kappa no He