Imagine this: It's 5:30 a.m. and there's me, half-awake, dressed for work in my heels with my hair still wet, standing in front of the gas pump doing a happy dance. Yes, a happy dance. This weekend, when I was busy shuttling my kids to road races and sleepovers while trying to run my normal errands, I noticed that the gas prices in my town had crept up again to .05 per gallon since Friday, when it was .99. I think that I actually got teary. With my budget already at bare bones, I kept thinking, "What else can I cut?" It was already bad enough that food costs at the grocery store seemed to shoot up overnight (I had just left the grocery store where I paid an additional for the same food that I got last time I went. I think my eyes actually popped out of my head when I saw the price per pound of vegetables and meat).
Then a small miracle must've come rolling into town in the middle of the night: The price of gas went down.Yes, it went down.
When I pulled into the gas station this morning to fill up, gas was back down to .99. I was shocked—and happy enough to do a little dance right there, outside, in public. I looked around thinking that surely this was a joke; I hadn't seen anything like this happen in at least what, a year?
The construction workers that were there for their morning fill-ups (the only other people crazy enough to work in an industry that requires you to get up that early) looked at me kind of strangely. I think one actually gave me a little leery smile. I didn't mind. That small six-cent decrease gave me something that I haven't had in a very long time: Hope. Hope that maybe this little gas crisis does have an end in sight. Or even hope that this is the eye of the storm bringing a little temporary relief to our wallets before we have to start cutting out everything else in our lives just to get back and forth to work. Whatever it is, I'll take the respite.
Video: Happy Dance by MercyMe (Lyrics)
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