I’ve got a wonderful gift idea for the holiday season. Better yet, it’s a gift you can give yourself! You can’t buy it online, and you can’t even wrap it.
Give yourself “airplane mode”!
As a young teenager, on Saturday nights I would babysit kids in my neighborhood. I won’t say what year it was, but the #1 song on the Billboard charts was “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. (I still get up and dance every time I hear it. And I know you do too!) And the #1 movie - I’ll give you a hint - one of the main character’s nicknames is the same as my favorite Chicago Cub’s last name.
75 cents per hour was the going rate. On grid-lined paper I would chart my earnings, hour by hour. (Don’t worry… I was still keeping an eye on the kids.) As each hour passed, I’d add to the bar representing my pay. After the kids were asleep, I’d watch Love Boat followed by Fantasy Island. (The plane! The plane!) I’d call my friends (on a rotary phone) who were also babysitting and we’d gossip.
It is Sunday night, and I’m planning for the week ahead. It will be busy at the office as my husband and I are leaving on Friday to visit his family in Washington, D.C. I just finished a call with my daughter who is in Kansas City, having just started her first job out of college. She mentioned that she’d love to join us in D.C., but… could we help out by paying for the plane ticket? So we went online and…
$650 for a round trip ticket! You’d think that people in Kansas City don’t get to our nation’s capital that much. Previously, I would have agonized a bit, then said nope, too expensive, she’ll have to join us next time. However, today I decided to buy the ticket. What changed? How was I able to make the decision so quickly?