Today is the 77th Pearl Harbor day which is remembered as a day of Infamy. Today is also my brother’s 64th birthday (which some might also consider a day of infamy) but for me Dec 7th will always be the day when everything turned around for me.
A year ago yesterday I had been laid off and when you’re a 54 year old temp in the eCommerce fulfillment business getting laid off DURING the Christmas rush was a really bad sign. I had got the job originally because the blog hadn’t been bringing in the money (although last year had been a good year for traffic) and with the job unexpected gone at Christmas time I was dead worried, but I had to put on a brave face because I had planned a surprise for my brother that day. I had met and befriended a hero of his during my time blogging and he had graciously agreed to meet me and my brother for lunch.
It was a grand day that my brother still talks about. His hero presented him with a bottle of champagne for his birthday (My brother opened it for Thanksgiving sharing it to commemorate his the 1st thanksgiving with a grandchild in the house) and knowing about my layoff insisted both paying for lunch and hitting DaTipJar in person.
I came home feeling pretty good but it was when I saw the reaction to this post on the layoff that had been instalanched and the money poured in at a rate where putting aside the funds necessary to pay the taxes on it I had enough to get by for several months.
As it turned out due to completely unforeseen circumstances at the company I was rehired a week later. By February the Trump economy had kicked in and I was hired proper and the money from that giant tip jar surge (it took me three days to write the thank you notes) allowed me to hit CPAC, Pintastic and the Catholic Marketing Network conference without shaking DaTipJar proving that the words “The Lord works in mysterious ways” is more than a saying.
It’s a year later, like everyone I’ve had ups and downs but work has been busy, in fact this is my first day off after 14 straight and my plans (apart from wishing my brother a happy birthday) are to pretty much relax.
But rest assured part of those plans will include a Rosary said in honor of all of you who turned last years Christmas season around, from my friend who I had lunch with to every single one of you who made December 7th one of the great days in my life.
I’ll not forget it