Many of us have watched the news recently where a couple very blessed individuals had won some crazy amounts of money by playing the Lotto. If you were one to try your luck, I am sure at times; you could not help but fantasize what you would do with that kind of money if you won.
My husband and I had a game night recently in which we pretended that we indeed had won the Lotto! Boy oh boy…did our thoughts differ concerning spending that kind of money. Suddenly our lifestyles were challenged and my head was spinning.
I suddenly thought, who is this man and I am sure he was thinking the same thing about me.
Looking at my husband I said, “Honey, what are you going to do with our billions?”
The first thing my husband shared was that he was going to quit his job and not think twice about it. Retirement would come quickly! Having the stressful job he has, I had to be in agreement with him. I would be happy for him to take an early retirement. This idea was good, made sense, and not too crazy!
From then on, our conversation no longer was pretty. We found out quickly spending our billions of dollars in winnings would not be easy as we were different than day and night concerning spending billions of dollars.
My husband continued to share his thoughts as I listened patiently. I could see thoughts of this precious green was causing him to salivate.
“I would have us travel all over the world to exotic places.”
I quickly put a halt to that thought!
“Excuse me, what about our little dogs?” I asked.
I realized he had forgot all about our girls. Our sweet little dogs were no longer a concern now that he had all this money in his hands. When I voiced my concern, he suddenly changed his tune.
“Oh…uh…we would hire someone to take care of them.”
“Oh well…problem solved, uh…I do not think so,” I snapped, “I would miss my babies. Unless we hire a doggie nanny, I will not be going to faraway lands!”
My hubby looked at me with somewhat of a disgruntled look.
I could see this trip to foreign lands was not going to be pleasant and we had not even boarded the plane to Costa Rica yet.
“Fine…I will hire us a dog nanny!”
I was then a happy camper as I would not have to leave my babies behind.
“Okay honey, please go on,” I said sweetly.
The next thing he wanted to buy was a big boat!
“We could go to the coast and spend days on the ocean blue. Our huge yacht would have everything we need.”
This did sound very nice but the problem was he has a little Jon boat for fishing, he would not even know how to drive that kind of boat.
“How do you plan on driving such a large boat?” I asked.
His answer came quickly. He would hire a full crew!
Maybe I did not want to be with strangers on the ocean blue for days on end. Look what happened to Goldie Hawn in the movie Overboard. What if I suddenly became her? I may turn into this high minded society type. Money changes people you know. The next thing you know I would fall over board, losing my memory and having to raise some rough neck boys that now call me momma. I would then find my husband on the yacht with some bikini clad, loose young women who now refer to him as their sugar daddy. Oh no…this would not work at all!
The next on his list was moving out of Texas and buying a summer home and a winter home.
I looked at him in disbelief, “What about my parents and your mom and step dad?”
Having not a clue what I was talking about…he says, “What do you mean?”
“You are going to pick up and leave all our family without a second thought?” I blurted loudly.
Well he had the answer for that too.
“We would pack them all up and take them with us!”
Of course we will I thought. How silly of me to not have thought this one out!
“We will uproot them without their permission, taking them captive to lands unknown. By George, I think that would work honey!” I replied sarcastically.
He smiled big, “They will love it, just you wait and see!”
We then decided we would share our wealth with our children and family members. Since we are talking about winning mega billions, we would make each one a millionaire.
“You know we will have to change our names, hide our identity and skip town as quickly as we can,” he explained..
I looked at him with a most disturbing face.
Skip town and change our identity just did not set well with me. I rather like who I am, the life I have, and even my name. I could not even offer a reply with that one.
It was now my turn to offer my thoughts on spending our money.
My husband looked at me and said, “Okay lets hear your ideas on spending our billions of dollars.”
I had already been thinking while half listening as most wives do. I had it all planned out and had some scribblings written down. Taking out my little piece of paper, I began to read.
“I would buy a new car, nothing sporty, but you know my 1995 Blazer with 120,000 miles could finally retire. I need something good on gas and reliable. I really can handle only one home and surely do not want to clean two houses or pick up your stuff in ten other rooms. I may lose you in the process, as the house will be so big. I like our little home, it is sweet and charming and right around the corner from my parents. I would however love a pool though; a nice exercise pool in the back would be nice. Our BBQ is somewhat old and a new one with a smoker would be awesome. I do not need new clothes as we do not have the closet space and I have not lost that nasty 15 pounds yet that continues to hold on like the flu.”
He stared at me with a glazed look but continued to listen.
“I would love to give our community a large sum of money to build a youth center, a big one, which would give our young people a nice place to hang out. I would love to see a drug and alcohol center built that would help many who have to travel so far to get the help they need. Our homeless shelter is run down and could use a makeover. I do have some wants or I would not be human but who can spend billions of dollars in their lifetime? Sure, I would love to travel a bit, but to pick up and just live like the rich folks, I am not sure if that will ever be me.”
I took a breath and thought I made myself very clear as to how this money would be spent.
“Well…I don’t know what to say,” my husband replied, “we sure have different views on spending this billions of dollars don’t we?”
Having tons of money can change people, cause division. We were already arguing over play money, money that we had not even won. I could see that we were really two different people with very different views on being rich.
Money is an awesome vehicle to do much good but if ones heart is not in the right place in having it, it is all for nothing. Money has the power to change peoples lives for ever and if we do not have a heart for giving then to me it is not worth having.
How many cars, houses, and jewels does one person need? How much is enough?
The game ended and we put down our boxing gloves.
My husband looked at me thoughtfully, “maybe we should play for real next time.”
I looked at him smiling, “maybe we should just spend the money on a DQ ice cream sandwich, at least that is a for sure thing.”
A peace came over me, as now I did not have to worry about skipping town, living on a Yacht nor changing my name.
Life was good.