Lucky Day

Today’s tarot card is the nine of disks in the deck I’m using this month (The Ancient Egyptian Tarot), but is more commonly known as the nine of pentacles. This is a card of good luck, which is nice because today I am starting a new/old “career.”

I use quotation marks because ten hours a week sitting with an elderly woman isn’t exactly a career, and though this particular job — and being paid for the job — is new to me, caregiving isn’t. After all, I did the same thing for my mother, father, and Jeff.

It is an interesting experience — not just working for someone, but all the paperwork that is required nowadays. I can’t remember the last time I worked for someone else or got a paycheck. Jeff and I worked for ourselves. It surprises me that anyone can use illegal labor because of that said paperwork. I had to fill out an “employment eligibility verification” form for homeland security and provide two forms of identification — one to prove I am me and one to prove I am eligible to work. Since the employer also has to sign these papers, then it seems that hiring someone who is in the country illegally is doubly a crime — not just the hiring, but the aiding and abetting and especially the perjury. And then the W-4 form — the last time I filled one out, it was a half of a sheet and no instructions. This one was two sheets — four pages — though in essence, it was the same as I remember.

Besides needing (or not needing) luck today for this new start, I got lucky on two other accounts — a very acceptable quote for the landscaping (breeze walkways, raised garden beds, fixing the foundation, and ornamental rock around the house and garage). And a great price on farm-raised beef and pork. I’ll have to buy way more than I normally would, but my freezer is empty, and what the heck. No chemicals, no torture, no mystery meat. My vegan and vegetarian friends are probably rolling their eyes (or gagging), but this is a new experience for me, not just buying freshly butchered meat, but actually knowing the person who raised the animals. (I’m not sure I would be able to do the same, which is actually a bit of hypocrisy since I don’t have any objection to eating the product of his work.)

Luck isn’t all the nine of disks is about — it refers to popularity and the favor of others, which seems to be true, though why it is so, I don’t know. I seem to have passed some sort of milestone where instead of repelling people as I once did, I attract them.

This card is also about looking back and celebrating the difficulties, struggles, and hard work that brought me to this point. Knowing how difficult it was, it shows that I intend to enjoy every single day that is given me.

And oh, that is true! I do try to enjoy every day, and with old age bearing down on me (or maybe I’m bearing down on it?) it seems especially necessary to celebrate the independence and relative ease of living that is still mine. So yes, today is a lucky day.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator

10 Responses to “Lucky Day”

  1. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    Good luck on your new job. I hope the person under you care is interesting and friendly. Wow, the paperwork these days. My wife an I own a small computer consulting company (just us) and one time we need a contractor (computer type) do help out. We had to fill out forms for tax withholding as did she, but all that homeland security stuff sounds a bit much.

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I’ve been meaning to tell you, my Tarot reading on Sunday has been scarily accurate. It predicted that I would be having some trials my week and that an unexpected opportunity would show itself. I’ve had some trials to deal with, and two opportunities showed themselves to me! How crazy is that?

  3. Estragon Says:

    Someone said something like “luck is the intersection of preparation and opportunity”. I mostly agree with that, but would add the ability to appreciate one’s luck to the list. I’ve known lots of people who would be considered pretty lucky, but who are also deeply unhappy. You seem to have figured that out.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I was one of those who didn’t really appreciate her luck, mostly because I didn’t think I had any. Too many things have gone wrong over the years. Then one day someone said to me, “You’re totally lucky. You always end up okay.” And that made me think that maybe I was looking at luck the wrong way. Appreciation and gratitude go a long way to help me see the luck I do have.

  4. Judy Galyon Says:

    Glad you are having such a good day & hope it stays that way for you!!!

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