As I sat down to write about today’s daily prompt I realized how often many of us see cliches in movies, commercials, television shows, billboards, etc. Much of the time we don’t think about it…they’re so over used we’ve become numb to them. Personally, I think there are very few cliches that are worth using, but as I thought about it, I realized I’ve used a cliche or two in my own writing.
For example, I’m a glass full kind of gal. To me it’s either half full or I just need to get a different glass. Unless of course, it’s a glass of wine, then it should always be full. I tend to see the good in things most of the time. Recently, every time Mr. Rockstar and I turn around something is breaking. That in and of itself seems cliche, but it’s the truth. Yesterday, for example, he was trying to fix the window in the car (it won’t roll all the way up, it’s electric, and it’s not off track but for some reason it won’t…it’s got too much play in it) and he didn’t get it fixed. He walked in the house and said, “Well, I just made that &@#$^! worse!”
I let him vent. He needed to. Our dryer is broken, the window and the head light on the car are in need of repair (gear assembly needs to be replaced so right now until we can get the part my car is riding down the road winking at everyone), the home stereo thing needs a new output thing he says, and the bathtub faucet needs to be replaced because it is leaking–steady drip, drip, drip. I’ve often heard the cliche, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” well around here there are a lot of things that need fixing, but we’re getting there “one day at a time,” “one thing at a time.”
Except us. We’re happy. We’re still newlyweds. We’re broke most of the time but we’re happy (how cliche is that?), and Mr. Rockstar recently apologized to me about being broke…How sweet is he? He was serious, and sincere, and I think I told him I’d rather be broke and have everything around us break than be with someone who didn’t love me, appreciate me, respect me, understand me, or give a damn about my thoughts, feelings, and well being. Money is wonderful as a means to an end, but it should not be your basis for happiness.
So as we meander through our “To-Do” list of what needs to be repaired in our home and with our car, we’ll try to remember that the “glass is half full,” and it “ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” No, money can’t buy you happiness, but it sure would help reduce my stress level sometimes. Choosing between fixing your car and your dryer and buying contact lenses (I am wearing my last pair) is not a good thing. It’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. But things will change soon enough. He’s staying at the job he has even though he’s overworked and underpaid, until he can find a better job with good benefits (that don’t cost an arm and a leg). And I’m stuck until we do get health insurance because working full-time is just too much while I’m in this kind of pain…Oh what a Catch-22 it is…
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