Do any of us really feel like we have enough money? If we’re lucky, the answer is yes; we can pay for housing, food, medical care, clothes, and Legos. But what if we had more than enough? What if we got a million dollars – with no strings and no taxes – dropped in our laps?
This is a favorite fantasy of mine. I like to think about all the ways I could configure a million bucks to make things better for my family and my community. My ideas are different on different days. If I’m being practical – and I probably would be practical – I’d pay off the house, seed college funds for the kids, take a kick-ass family vacation, and make some big donations to my favorite charities. Other times, I imagine shutting down our regular life and setting up shop someplace awesome for a year-long adventure in foreign living. Tuscany, maybe. Or Ireland. No, Tuscany. For the food. Mmmmmm….I’d also like to set up an amazing foundation to support educational efforts for under-served women and girls. And of course there are the obligatory fantasies about hiring a staff of hot cabana boys to cater to my every desire. Hey, a girl’s gotta have a little fun with her imaginary money, right?
With no winner in last night’s Powerball drawing, the jackpot has grown to a whopping $475 million dollars! While winning that would be a nice chunk of change, I asked my readers to tell me what they’d do with a mere million dollars, and the results were interesting. Nearly everyone jumped to pay off debts first. Lots of people wanted to set up trust funds for their kids’ futures, especially the parents of special needs kids. And nearly everyone wants a vacation. Funny or sad, these wishes tell stories of what real families really want.
Click through to read what real moms say they’d do with a million dollars!
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