What’s on my mind isn’t simple tonight; let me explain. Today at work, I was helping a co worker; this said co worker dropped a bombshell on me. She told me her mom lives in Laos and is very old and is dying. My coworker is the last living sibling: her mom called her and asked her to come visit her one last time before she died, which she said would be soon. I asked if she was going and she simply said she couldn’t afford the plane ticket. You see, her husband passed away 6 years ago and she is working 2 jobs to put her daughter through college and paying her bills. She wants to desperately go to school and become a teacher but she can’t afford tuition and needs to work to pay her bills. I am not one to cry but listening to her tell me this almost brought me to tears. She didn’t once complain about how things were; she simply accepted that this was the way things were and there wasn’t much to do but continue to dream and go to work. As I was sitting there thinking about how lucky I was to be able to go to school and have a job to pay my bills, she quietly told me that she would have to call her mom soon and tell her she can’t make it: that right there is what made me almost lose it. She wasn’t bitter about it but you could tell she felt like she let her mom down and there was the basic but so strong love for her mother that I wanted so bad to give her a hug. I guess what I’m determined to do is buy this woman a plane ticket. I’m looking for a second job just to put the paychecks away for a plane ticket. Everyone deserves to say goodbye one last time. I apologize for the rant but this has been on my mind all day. It’s amazing to talk to people who work hard for everything they have but still can joke around, have a smile on their face and truly enjoy life.
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