A huge positive of redundancy has been getting to know neighbours, and I have eulogized about this at length before. But now, friendship has moved to a new level where I am now offered the lend of my friend’s car.
You see she started out as someone whose kids we met while washing the car one day last year aand her kids seemed to like us – they kept coming back:)
So fast forward a few coffees, a few mutual ‘minding’s’ of kids, and a shared glass of wine on a friday night and here I am being offered a lend of a car whenever I need it.
My friend has ‘any driver’ on her car insurance, so everything is perfectly legal – but she still is under no obligation to offer me the car – but she does – frequently.
She has an appointment today for her youngest child, so I am picking up her kids and mine – whilst driving her car.
There is no way in the Celtic Tiger I would have been offered a car – I didn’t know any of my neighbours. So now we live close, and our kids go to the same school so we can help each other out in ways I havent experienced since the 80’s.
So look around you and see what huge positives there are of being redundant and being post Celtic Tiger. It’s not all rose-tinted glasses – but I always believed my glass is half full. I have so much less money in this last year, but I am less stressed, more fun to be around and enjoy little things – stopping for ice cream on the way home from school in my borrowed car (at Aldi of course – we are in a recession 🙂