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Sunday, January 04, 2009

For Richer or Poorer




The difference between the facial expressions of the rich and the poor has always fascinated me.

The childlike laughter that explodes from monks is a polar opposite to the expression of the uber wealthy who often show a genuine disdain for those who fail to grab anything that isn't nailed down regardless of ownership.

Melancholy often feels like poverty and happiness is the wildest kind of wealth. I am rich when laughter tears run down my cheeks during a game of dominos. Money becomes part of the equation only when my pockets run dry and coins gain significance of the first degree.

I always sign up for Powerball and keep a list of where and how to distribute it. Amazing? Once I won $150 and split it with the granddaughter who went with me to collect. I wonder if she still has her money. Not. Me, too.


Thanks to Sunday Scribblings for the prompt. And to Wordle for the word cloud.

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24 comments:

floreta said...

i never thought about the different expressions before.. i don't really think money buys as happiness and don't envy the rich at all.. i feel my life is fuller without (as many) material possessions to bog me down.

Giggles said...

Sue sound like you love to laugh as much as I do! I agree one hundred percent! Well done...very enjoyable read. You have a way of saying so much in a few words. I admire that!

Hugs Giggles

Michelle said...

"...and happiness is the wildest kind of wealth." How true!! I'll take laughter tears over dollars any day! :)

present said...

I love the descriptions of rich and poor, "melancholy feels like poverty and happiness is the wildest kind of wealth". They make me want to make a feels-like list of my own.

anthonynorth said...

There is no richness greater than happiness. Nothing destroys it more than wealth.
Very well said.

BJ Roan said...

Happiness is like winning the lottery. Nice post!

Annie said...

You took this prompt in an excellent direction. I hope to do more writing this year. Have done very little in the last few months. All my best, Annie

Sweet Talking Guy.. said...

Happiness is a great thing, I value time over money. Time to do this or that, these things make me happy!

paisley said...

you are so right about this... the look of worry verses the worry of care free...i much prefer being poor to being rich....

Lucy said...

feeling happiness is indeed feeling rich.
Loved this Sue!
want to play dominos together??
:))

Tammy said...

What a great observation Sue. I laugh until I cry a lot. :)

HAPPY 2009

missalister said...

Oh this is great! You, Tumblewords, Susan T, out of form! I don’t recall experiencing this! I love a good poem, but often I feel poetry’s forms can be walls, as though a poet can choose how much of his soul to give away to the reader, and I want every ounce of one who writes. And when I write I want to try to give every ounce of me. So! Amusing as it may be that this monk and powerball post has brought this out in me, it has, and I love it for its purity, its realness : )

Linda Jacobs said...

I love the story of you and your granddaughter!

I always buy a Powerball, too, but have never won anything!

Geraldine said...

Such interesting observations here Sue. Thanks for sharing. Thoughts to ponder, that's for sure.

Hugs, G

www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

Jennifer Hicks said...

Ur right...a definite diversity of thought.
thanks for the insight...

quin browne said...

something i'm sure your granddaughter never forgot...

i wouldn't.

Dave King said...

Yup, My mother often used to comment about those very expressions. Incredible.

totomai said...

this is a sweet post :-)

i think we are all rich, lol :-) we have richness that we can share to others

jadey said...

Great post. Laughter truly is the best medicine and bring you happiness in any situation.

---Michael--- said...

I guess I have to weigh in and defend money as a wonderful thing... it is so comforting to have at least a pocketful, which gives you the freedom to enjoy the various bits and pieces of this life, to sustain your health and happiness, and to empower your good-deed-doing. And it is so hard to laugh when you have none at all...

anno said...

Sharp distinctions and memorable images; plus that wonderful story about sharing a Powerball win with your granddaughter. Lovely.

OneMoreBeliever said...

now that was beautiful... thank you for a wonderful post..

DJPare said...

Even though money isn't important to you, I hope you win some day. I have a feeling you'd do some good with it!

Keep laughing!

storyteller said...

I love Wordles ... so that caught my eye in the OSI feed. Your creative response to this prompt is insightful and thought provoking. I've never bought a Powerball ticket, but I laugh often ;--)
Hugs and blessings,