Well, before I lay down on this Saturday morning and get rested up to start yet another work week, I figured I would post a little something. You see, this has not, by any stretch, been the best of weeks for me. I thought it was going to be at least a decent week, but I was a little more than off on that assumption. I started this last week by taking Halloween off. I had not had one off since starting at Walmart and being that the Chiefs were playing and the Muppets were on Monday Night Raw, I knew it would be a fun little night and it was, for the most part.
I saw my 7-year old niece, Ashaundra, and my 17-year old niece, Niki, for a few moments. This was followed by a visit from my oldest niece, Robin, who had her two little ones, Zach and Alyssa, out for some trick or treating. During this time, I was watching the Chiefs win a nail biter in overtime over San Diego, 23-20. Thank you Phillip Rivers for the early Christmas present. Lol. Anyway, the night was capped with a fairly good edition of the Monday Night Raw SuperShow. Wrestling and the Muppets make for an awesome combination!!
Tuesday night was the start of a 24-hour period I’d like to forget. Upon arriving at work, I was informed along with my co-workers that we have to work a 10-hour shift on Thanksgiving starting at 8:00pm. I have not, at all, been happy about this since it was announced. Never, in all of my years of retail, have I ever been forced to work this particular holiday. Not only that, Thursday is normally my night off and that is being stolen right out from underneath me. As of this writing, I have not yet approached store management with my concerns on this matter and I am honestly not 100% sure how I am going to handle it yet, but I can guarantee you they will be hearing from me over the next few nights. I will most definitely keep you posted.
I was already in an obvious bad mood when I got home from work Wednesday morning and I was actually relaxing in my bedroom doing a little harmless web browsing when I got an unexpected phone call from my co-worker and good friend, Aaron. He was calling me with the sad news that our co-worker, Angel, who is also someone I have been acquainted with for over 20 years, had passed away suddenly at the age of 34 due to a blood clot in her lungs. This was, of course, very sad news and for me, it has been very difficult to deal with. Having lost my father when he was just 39 and burying my Cousin John when he was only 36, I have seen way too many people die long before they should have.
With Angel being just two years younger than me, it’s really gotten me to start thinking about my health and taking care of myself better. In each of the three deaths I mentioned, there is not one reason to believe that they could have and should have been prevented. I won’t get into the reasons now, but at 36 years old, there are going to have to be changes made in how I live. I doubt you will ever see me drink again and I am certainly glad that I don’t smoke. I certainly pray to the Good Lord above that He lets me live long enough to have children and get married someday. I will never question God’s Will. I know we all have a time to leave this world. I often tried to live each day as though it’s my last and I often tell everyone around me how much I love them in case I never get the chance again.
That’s my advice to everyone out there. Hold your loved ones close to you every day and every chance that you can and always tell them that you love them, and spend each moment with them like it may be your last because you never know when your time to leave this world will be. That said, I love you all!! Have a great weekend!!
-Terry (a.k.a. T-Squared)
P.S. RIP Angel…thanks for the memories…we will never forget you!!