The power of money

Jul 14, 2023

I feel a little annoyed with myself today. The other afternoon I read and answered one of those silly questionnaires on Facebook. The question was “Name one thing that is more important than money”. Many people answered Family, Health, Education, Security etc. And I flippantly said “I can name a million things more important than money”.

That night I lay in bed, with Saffy snoring by my side. I then had a flashback. I went back to my own childhood. And I could clearly hear my long gone Mum sobbing. I could hear her crying because of her personal losses and her ongoing worry about the household finances. I could hear her trying to juggle the payments around. There wasn’t always the money for the rent, utilities, the milk man, school dinners and anything that cost money. As a child I worried endlessly about the situation. And selfishly I was annoyed my football boots had a nail sticking through the bottom. I was frustrated that I had to pack newspaper into my ill fitting hand me down school shoes. I was embarrassed that my trousers were turned up so many times that my pockets were by my feet. And now I feel so selfish for ever thinking that way. And my poor old Mum doing everything she could to keep the family together.

I looked down at Saffy and realised how spoiled she is now. And how far removed she is from that battered wreck I found at the dog shelter. Today I spent £1500.00 on her heart and seizure medication. And having her nails clipped. Our old childhood rescues didn’t have special food, they ate our leftovers with gravy on. They didn’t have vet visits. They lived, they became ill, then they survived or died. Then as children we wept. But life usually went on. I spend more money on Saffy’s insurance than my Mum had to spend on food, for a month, for a family of eight.

So when I made the statement “I can think of a million things more important than money”, I regret it. That is something someone who doesn’t have financial worries says. I am ashamed of myself. To some people not having money means the difference between eating and starving. Living in a warm house or being homeless. The difference between having a healthy happy pet or watching them die. So I fully retract my original statement. Because to some people not having money is the difference between life and death. Today life has taught me another lesson.

Contact Me

Email:  chris@chrisgriffithsauthor.com

Follow Me

Cover for Chris Griffiths Author
956
Chris Griffiths Author

Chris Griffiths Author

A British Author

Do you know why I prefer dogs to some humans? Because they are consistent. Today myself and Saff were reminded about sympathy and empathy. On our morning walk we bumped into our friend the post lady. We call her Mary, but it isn’t actually her name. I started calling her that ten years ago and it made her smile. So we left it right there. She has been struggling recently because her Mum is very poorly and has dementia. Mary is a wonderful daughter who goes to the hospital straight after work. I stopped and had a chat with her today for about twenty minutes, and I watched as a tear rolled down her cheek. My heart broke for her as Saffy nudged her for a stroke. Saff could also see she was upset. Our moment of sadness was interrupted by a very abrupt man who said she had put the wrong mail through his letterbox, it belonged to next door. She apologised and he tutted. Her head was bowed as she carried on with delivering. I walked in the same direction as the angry man and quietly said that Mary’s Mum was poorly and she was having a tough time. He just shrugged his shoulders as if to say not my problem. My exact words to him were as follows. “My mate Micky was right”. He curiously responded “What”. My answer was “ He always says you cannot educate pork”. There was complete silence as I looked directly through him. What makes people heartless? What teaches us empathy? It reminded me of when I was eight years old. There was a tiny boy in our class and we nicknamed him Budgie. One day the horrible headmaster Mr Newman stormed into our classroom bellowing “ Who has walked dog muck into the school”? Us small children were petrified as we all checked our footwear. He was a believer in the slipper, hand and cane. A horrible man by anybody’s standard. A heartless, soulless bully who terrified us kids. Poor Budgie had dog muck on his tiny monkey boots. Mr Newman dragged him out of the class, punished him, and made him wash his boots under the tap. It wasn’t his fault that all the village people let their dogs go to the toilet outside the school, people didn’t pick up then. I remember tears flowing down my face because Budgie was crying. His Mum had died a couple of years before, and his Dad was left to raise him. Even at that very early age I realised that even the educated adults can be bad. And people who have a limited education can be very good. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Myself and Saff were looking out into the garden. I have been working on the new book, deep in concentration. She is snoring away now but I still chat to her as she sleeps. Since I have been doing that she hasn’t had one of her epileptic seizures. Talking constantly in a gentle tone keeps her calm. Over two years without a fit. But if she does I just lay on the ground beside her, and hold her shaking body into mine. Keeping her calm keeps me calm. It is strange how life works if you sit and think about it. As humans we can send people to the moon. We can build great big metal ships that can float. We can make bombs that will decimate the planet. But we cannot invent cures for certain illnesses. And we cannot control the emotional pain we feel when we lose someone out of our lives. I saw something that amused me earlier. My first reaction was to share it with someone. Momentarily I forgot they were no longer around. For a minute I felt that heartache again. Then I had to put it back in that pain box. It is wonderful to have the nice memories. But the reality is everything has an end. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
It is days like today that my heart is full. I am not the wealthiest man in the world but I feel rich. I am not the fittest man in the world but the air that I breathe is clean. I do not want much but I have plenty. The sun was shining down as we dug and planted. Saff was no more than a few feet from my side. I felt her presence beside me and I received every ounce of her love. She leaned in and pressed into my neck. That moment made me well up. Tomorrow will not be that great. Next week will no doubt have challenges. But today is perfect. Please have a wonderful Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Myself and Saff are blessed to know some really lovely people. I was invited to a wonderful ladies 40th birthday party today. But I decided that this afternoon and evening I was having a dog only day. I had seen enough people and my quota was full. Hence I didn’t turn up to her celebration. But the kind hearted beauty sent myself and Saffo a doggy bag each, filled with cake, candy, fruit and all kind of delicious items. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
That look on Saffy’s face is disbelief. She watched as her very cheeky daddy got out cheeked by an octogenarian. We went to the garden centre to pick up essentials for the summer garden look. I threw on my blue shorts, very casual sweat top and trainers, and had a devilish vibe going on. As we wandered amongst the blooms and compost two old girls started fussing Saffy. One of the ladies said “Aren’t you beautiful “? I cheekily replied “ Why thank you honey kitten”. She raised her head and said “Did you dress yourself today”? Nearly speechless I said “Actually I look like Russell Crowe “. Her answer before they guffawed very loudly was “More like a scarecrow”. When did old uns become so ruthless lol? This is middle England for you. But I did join in with the laughter. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Share This