Friday, April 30, 2004

Of Fantasies and Abraham Lincoln

Ron and I were fantasizing last night about living in a place where cost of living is low; air is clean; life is slower with far less traffic; high school math teaching jobs are plentiful, challenging and rewarding; people smile because daily life's not a hassle there; and the sun shines every day except for a occasional light winter snow. We think that might be New Mexico.

Our week has been exhausting...full of unexpected challenges and problems. We've been talking....heatedly talking....with the phone company about hundreds of dollars of unauthorized phone charges on our home bill. They cut off the phone line. Tuesday, my computer contracted a brand new, debilitating and destructive virus. So new that Norton Antivirus won't have it in its weekly Virus Definition Update until May 5, 6 days from now. And then Wednesday, Cal State Fullerton told Ron he must take two MORE classes before they admit him to the Credential program. He planned to leave the corporate world this fall for teaching. This news may postpone his plans for another year.

I don't mean to whine. Our health is good. We have a lovely home, clothes to wear and plenty of food in the refrig. We both earn a decent wage. Our daughter is a delight. I need to get into thought management mode. Abraham Lincoln famously said, "People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

I wonder if that includes a bit of escapist fantasy? I'm picturing a leisurely stroll in the charming Plaza at Santa Fe.....

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