When in Crushing Debt, Think of Kittens

I don’t ask him to please not lose his job

Because I know it’s not his decision

And our bills can’t get much worse

And we’re both always exhausted

Instead, I tell him I’m scared

Then he reaches across the table

To stroke my arm, looks out the picture window

And agrees that he’s scared too

That this is the state we’re officially in

Just fearfulness

I smile and ask what’s next

Let’s have spaghetti for dinner

He says, it’s cheap and delicious

And then?

Let’s cuddle under the blankets

And love each other

For almost the same reasons

I mean, think about kittens

They don’t have any money

And what do they do for fun?

They just have it

You’re so right, I say

Let’s adopt a kitten

And just stay in watching it

That can be our entertainment

Isn’t that cheaper than electricity and television?

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