Stealing Joy

Today I was reading Non-Euclidean Sofa’s blog and it reminded me of that horrible feeling when you discover somebody has removed your bikeand you are going to have to walk home. Comparatively trivial things can have huge consequences. I loved the film Sliding Doors, where it shows two different possible alternate realities, all because she missed a train. When we do the wrong thing, even a simple thing like parking across a footpath(my personal bugbear), there are sometimes consequences we cannot foresee. As I write this, I cringe at some of my own mistakes.
We have also been burgled. We lost all manner of personal items, most of which were replaceable, but the thing which absolutely broke my heart, was the fact that they stole my son’s Playstation.
I have never despised anybody more than whoever stole my son’s Playstation!
I mean somebody had also tried to steal his scooter.You expect me to care about you. My son has every right to have given up on people! Even I have now. I am certainly not worried about the Russians or Chinese. The natives are bad enough here!
The theft of the playstation ignited so much fury in me that I do not trust myself near anybody involved! I had not been keen on video games but I had told him, that if he saved half the money, I would pay the other half. I still remember going with him to buy his Playstation. He was so excited and he had cuddled it to his chest, grinning broadly as he left the store. I didn’t think I cared about material things but that Playstation mattered. I broke down in tears when describing the loss to a friend. He had saved for it himself. I was not like my ex’s parents. They always had their wallets open to him. It irritated the life out of me. I wanted them to say “No” to him a little more.
No Limits – 2 Unlimited As I have already said,
“My Dad used to say, “Which part of No don’t you understand?”
Good job too, as I have heard nothing but “No” for the past two decades.
This is not sarcasm!
(Her children had always been welcome at our house.I have photos of her oldest son playing in the sandpit playing with our children.)A few hours later there was a knock on the door. The friend’s husband had brought down his own Playstation for my son to use till his Playstation was replaced by insurance. I was so touched. It had reminded us of the goodness in people.
It did get replaced by insurance.
We all still played happily on the replacement. Somehow it had never felt quite the same. The theft of that original Playstation probably changed all our lives. I notice both of my youngsters almost lost heart for saving for things, much as I have tried to encourage it. Understandably they felt, “What’s the point? Somebody will only steal it”.AAMI – Rhonda Ads. I would like to thank AAMI for taking such good care of us through this traumatic time!
My favourite Beach Boys track:
Help Me Rhonda I know a Rhonda or two but this is just entertainment no message.
Lucky You’re With AAMI
AAMI was the major sponsor of the AFL Grand Final
Robbie Williams At the MCG- AFL Entertainment
My mum had actually set fire to our kitchen in the UK. It had been a long, hot Summer. I was a Guide. We had not been allowed to light camp fires that year, so Mum was loaning me our calories gas stove. She had punctured the gas cylinder, This had resulted in a stream of gas shooting across the top of our gas stove which had promptly ignited on the pilot light. Mum had found herself effectively holding a flame thrower. Mum had promptly ran out the kitchen to call the fire brigade. It must have been my birthday as she had told the fire brigade my cake was in the oven. She had quipped hopefully yo the firemen that maybe the fire had gone out. Whereupon the firemen had lightened the scary situation by saying something like, “Stoke it up luv! We’re coming.”
Well it had turned out it was likely our insurance agent had been pocketing the money and we weren’t covered! Consequently I am always less interested in premiums than a company’s track record of paying up if necessary. AAMI were fantastic. What is the point of cheap insurance if it is useless.

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