Squirrels do something funny in the fall, they collect up acorns and seeds for the winter. They know that the pickings will be slim come the snow and so they save up now to help them weather the leaner times. While we can’t time emergencies as well as squirrels can time winter, we have to know that emergencies lurk around every corner. Whether it’s the loss of a job, a car accident, or just an emergency trip to the hospital for a deep cut – we know emergencies happen.
That’s why a quote like this surprised me about the recent furloughing of FAA workers (which ended earlier this month):
“It really is scary,” said Michael MacDonald, a 54-year-old Federal Aviation Administration engineer who lives outside of Boston. “For one week, you think OK, we can handle one week. But now the reality is starting to set in — this is going to take six weeks or more.”