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If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me!

My life has been interesting.  For the majority of my life, I’ve gotten by and made do.  You know what I mean.  I’ve never had any money to speak of.  I’ve never expected to have any.  I’ve never been destitute, but my life has had its challenges.  There were times when I wasn’t sure if I’d make the rent payment and there were times when I couldn’t.  There was a time when a bowl of beans or Ramen noodles was all there was to eat and I was grateful to have that.  I’ve been homeless and had no idea where my next meal was coming from.

I was taught from a young age that if I worked hard and kept my nose to the grindstone that I would reap the rewards for my efforts.  It took me a long time to realize that life is not always fair.  No matter how hard you work.

But I’ve never lost that hard-working mentality.

The last several years have seemed surreal.  I was terrified of making the move from Oregon to Texas.  I was over 50 and I was going to Quit My job and move across the country to an uncertain future and start over.  Madness!

It was the best decision of my life.

I now have a job that I love.  I’m employed by the World’s Best Boss and I have a few wonderful friends that have my back no matter what the situation.  I have family close by that I love and they love me.

Then there are the material blessings!

I make a good wage.  I own a nice car and live in a nice house.  I have the money to buy almost anything I want.  My cupboards are full and so is my closet.

I will soon close on a house that I am buying.  Me.  Just me, buying this house.  I can’t hardly believe it.  (by the way, the financing went through!)

I’m incredibly grateful!!  I have been truly blessed!  If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me!

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny wilson



Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

17 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Congratulations!! So happy to know things have been going so well for you, My Dear! I’m in the Austin area, senior community. What part of Texas are you in? We came from Sacramento!


  2. Thanks for sharing! This gives me hope for my own future. It’s been quite the struggle since the divorce. I’m thankful I’ve had support from some very dear friends over the years to help as I raise my kiddos as a single mom, but the one thing I long for is independence. To have the ability to take care of myself. And my ultimate dream is to do that through writing books. It’s encouraging to hear that good things have come along for someone else who has struggled. Thank you and congratulations!!


  3. I’ve been reading and reviewing some books for Warner Press and one included a section on gratitude. Your post today is a fine example of gratitude expressed for blessings. Thank you for taking the time to share yours so we can celebrate with you.

    Congrats on a life change that yielded blessings the size of Texas.


  4. What a wonderful story.. Thank you for sharing.. I’m always inspired by these anecdotes and stories of struggles.. Congratulations on ur new house 🏡


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