"We'll be out of debt by the end of the month," she declared.
What's this I thought. It turned out they had to repay the bank for a loan they took out for a business plan that went bust. And all this time she never breathe a word about it.
And so I had to ask.
"How did you survive all that time your husband lost his job?"
"On miracles. We have a supportive family," was her answer.
I first met this lady about 10 years ago during a training stint in the civil service. Of course during that time I didn't realize that we would be as good friends as we are now. But looking back, all these years, I never heard her grumble. She has had many trials and tribulations in her life.
As I told another friend, we all have our own struggles in our lives. What makes it different is how we deal with those struggles.
Do we learn to grow up and deal it with maturity and grace?
Or do we sulk and begrudge others whom we think are better off than us?
Or sink in depression with a woe is me attitude?
I realize more than ever now, the true character of my friend is her strength and resolute to be happy with the life she and her husband have built for themselves. Lesser people would have let this get in the way of their lives and their marriage. But not the Ss.
Congratulations my friend. You both are an inspiration to me. May this signify a new beginning in your lives. May the new year bring you more happiness and prosperity! Good luck.