Exploring Pagans and their relationship with that earthiest of earth symbols, money.
Pagan savings challenge, week five: park this!
This week I received an unpleasant surprise in the mail: a parking ticket. Apparently I had failed to hit the meter quickly enough one time while waiting for the Maetreum of Cybele's day in court, but the ticket itself didn't manifest until four months later. What would have been a $65.00 fine (outrageous in its own right) has now been hiked to $115.00, plus the usual warnings about me never being able to park in this town again.
Honestly, the things we go through for our work . . .
Approaching this in the context of the Pagan savings challenge, the money that the city of Albany is demanding is more than eight times what I have tucked away during this project. However, in just ten weeks (that's less than a season), I'll have that socked away, and five dollars to spare.
In truth, Hermes would have played this little joke on me whether or not I was saving money for a grander scheme. There will always be unexpected expenses that threaten to undermine a savings plan. I look at this parking ticket, and I feel incredibly fortunate that I feel annoyed at having to pay it, rather than terrified that I won't have the money to do so. Indeed, it is a cause to celebrate.
My week five savings: $15, of which $5 (one-third) I contributed today.
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