Writing101. Daily prompt.
You just inherited $1,000,000 from an aunt you didn’t even know existed. What’s the first thing you would buy (or otherwise use the money for)?
I have whiled away many an hour dreaming about what I would do if I won the Lottery or had an unexpected windfall. It’s a splendid way to pass the time during a long trip. I dream of having a community, of being able to offer a home to people who need one. Land with cabins built on it? Or land sub-divided into villas? There must be gardens and it must be beautiful. The possibilities are almost endless.
There have been times in my life when I have needed sanctuary, somewhere to give me space to regroup and heal, but I’ve had to pay the rent and there was nowhere to go. How wonderful it would be to be able to offer such a place. I have read about a woman, a breast cancer survivor herself, who established a healing centre for women to come and heal, both physically and spiritually.
Before I bought this house I rented a flat in accommodation linked to my work. There were two flats, each with a yard, and a house in this group. The house and the flats faced onto a large, shared area. We established a communal garden here and it quickly became a place to gather. We could share meals, have a cup of tea together, offer each support, celebrate birthdays…it was a place of community and belonging, but we each had our own space and privacy. I envisage something similar.
I’m something of a mother hen. I’d like to be able to gather all my chickens around me.
I don’t have to think for long to come up with a list of friends I’d like to house!
Only yesterday, I was thinking about a work colleague and a friend, both of whom would find their lives easier with a safe home. The work colleague has Parkinson’s. He is reliant on casual employment in a stressful environment, but has to work for as long as he can. He’s self supporting and has no family in this country. A brave and courageous person, I’d love to be able to say to him “Here is your home for as long as you want.”
My friend is a single mother who struggles to give her child the best possible life on a very limited income. Imagine being able to offer her a home with a garden for all the animals her daughter yearns for.
I do know that when I have dreamt about a windfall in the past, I end up recognizing that I have enough. And maybe there are other ways to support and cherish my friends. (I won’t give up on the dream of a sanctuary, however!)
4 thoughts on “Gone with the windfall.”
This is a very touching point of view.
i love your vision of creating a sanctuary. You can do it!
I don’t know if you live in Washington State, but I know someone here created a retreat center for breast cancer survivors!
I just read your about page so I now know you live in Australia! 🙂
I’ve had this dream for a long time now, but I’m one step closer- living in the country, choosing shared living…that’s the beginning of a community…who knows where it will lead?
We all need sanctuary. Thanks for your comments.