Dear Ellen- Whenever I make it to the gym after work, I always strive to be there at 4 so that I can hop on the treadmill and turn on your show. Well, today, while tread milling and letting off some steam, I tuned in and got a great idea. So I’m going to share my story with you:
I got a phone call this morning from Patrick, my boyfriend (and roomie), letting me know that his car broke down again. We have been dating for a year and a half, and this is about the 10th time that his car has been in the shop since we’ve been together. Every time this happens, I get knots in my stomach. I know that he needs a new car. Bad. But his immediate fix to the problem is to continue investing in his 14 year old Jeep with 204K miles. I try to bite my tongue, (try, being the key word), knowing that this “investment” would be much better served in a newer, more fuel efficient car that won’t break down every few weeks, but I know I can’t get mad at him. After all, I was the one who just convinced him to apply to Pharmacy school and spend $120,000 investing in his future. And wouldn’t you know it? He got in.
Patrick is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. He is kind, generous, loving and extremely hard working, and I’m so lucky to call him mine. I’m nervous for the next three years when he is in school. I am a teacher,and have a difficult time supporting myself, let alone the two of us, in our tiny apartment. When Patrick goes to school, he will be commuting about an hour each way, every day. When I’ve mentioned moving closer to school, he refuses to talk about it, because he knows that my friends are here and we are close to my job. He doesn’t want to pull me out of a situation that is good for me. That’s Patrick.
He got the estimate back this afternoon about his car. $1500-$2000. He decided it was time to say goodbye to the Jeep. Thank goodness. Although I am incredibly relieved that he is not putting more money into his baby, I know it is really difficult for him. Aside from having to take his Jeep to the junkyard, he now has to figure out how to afford a car that will bring him to and from school for the next three years, on top of the cost of school and living expenses. I want to help Patrick in any way that I can. If I could buy him a brand new car (or any car?!), I would do it. If there is any way you can help me, I am all ears!
PS- We both adore you and your show. One of my favorite times to watch is when I'm in the dentist's chair getting my teeth cleaned and your show is on the tv. I start laughing so hard that the dentist has to stop cleaning. Thanks for all the laughs.