If I Had A Million Dollars…
Today is the second last day of National Blog Posting Month (#NaBloPoMo)!
Can you believe it? I have written a post everyday (well, a couple times I had to publish two posts in one day due to technical difficulties) for an entire month! Should I continue on into December? I have been thinking about it. I am not sure I would be able to do it though.
If you were given $1,000,000.00 (one million dollars) to use as you wish, how you could not keep it for yourself,
who would you gift the money to and why?
I saw this question online the other day and it got me thinking…
First of all, I would give half of it, $500,000.00 (half a million), to my dad. He has done so much for me throughout my life and has been there whenever I need him. He has worked hard, and I mean really hard, since he was a teen. He started out as a labourer at his dad’s, my grandpa’s, sawmill. He eventually became a partner with my uncle and grandpa. Then, he and my uncle took over the family business together as co-owners of the sawmill.
Sometimes it seems like my dad works non-stop. There were a couple years growing up when he literally did. Every few nights he and grandma would work on the sawmill’s books. I remember going to grandma and grandpa’s and watching him and grandma with their huge dueling calculators spit out number and after number. To this day Dad still works on the sawmill’s books – by hand no less. I have tried convincing him to to use a spreadsheet or two, and I have offered to help set it all up, but he has refused each and every time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it he says.
Further, my dad was a volunteer ambulance attendant for many years and one year they decided to build a new ambulance shed. Right after working all day at the sawmill – from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm – my dad would head to the new build to lend a helping hand. There were also a few years where he was a member of our hometown’s town council. He is also an active member of the local Catholic church and has often performed a few lay services. My dad believes in giving back and I guess I inherited that trait from him.
To say that my dad deserves such a reward, like this half a million dollars, is an understatement. My dad has been through so much in his life (and has put up with a lot) and I think that the gift of this money would greatly ease his mind. Especially his plans for the future. Because my dad owns his own business, he doesn’t get any benefits. He doesn’t have a pension plan. He only started saving for retirement a few years ago. He still says he will never be able to actually retire. My grandpa never did. In the last few years of his life Grandpa decided to stay closer to home because Grandma was in the early stages of dementia. However, Grandpa worked until the day he passed away. I feel like my dad will do the same thing, if not at the sawmill, in some other capacity.
I would love to be able to gift my dad with such a blessing. It would be a great relief that is for sure. My dad and my step-mom could use the half a million for whatever their hearts desire. I would love to see them both carefree and perhaps, travel the world together.
As for the other half a million… I would split it between a few of my favourite charities.
Our Local SPCA
These and a few other great organizations would receive a large donation if I were ever to come into a large sum of money!
If you were given $1,000,000.00 but were not allowed to keep it for yourself, who would you gift it to?
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