When I was a child I often made coupon books for my family as gifts. They even had the perforated lines for cutting. They would be for things like one free day of not fighting with my little sisters or for not calling everything my mother put on my dinner plate gross before I even tried it. A young Ellie even gave them to her little sisters for a day of doing their chores. It’s also rumored that I’d sell coupons as well. I’ve always been quite the entrepreneur.
Soon the holiday season will be upon us. Wouldn’t it be great for us spoonies if we could make coupon books as gifts to ourselves and just handed them out when we needed them? Here, some ideas:
- A coupon for one free day without suggestions of cures.
- A coupon for a text, phone call, or any form of communication on our bad days. It would need to come with a coupon that somehow guaranteed us a response when we redeemed the communication coupon.
- A coupon for a free day of talking or not talking about our health. Whichever one our moods at time of coupon redemption dictated.
- A coupon for a day of a loved one telling us how good we are doing redeemable only on the worst of bad days.
- A coupon for a day of not being compared to your cousin Sue who also has MS.
- A coupon for one free eye roll or loud sigh of frustration when someone acts persistently clueless or mean about your health issues.
Which one would you most like to redeem? What other ideas do you have for good spoonie coupons?
Ellie is a 45-year-old woman living in South Carolina. She works as a cashier, but is always dreaming of more — she’s just not always sure of what “more” is. Her favorite hobbies are reading and reading book reviews. Within the first few minutes of meeting her, you’ll realize her nephews, niece, books and cats are her favorite things.
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