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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Flying with amazing

Lori M. Sousa
I am flying with amazing. I am using the word as a noun because I do not know how else to describe what has been happening. The latest thing is that I was trying to figure out how to stretch an already ultra tight bank account so that I could buy a plane ticket to Chicago to run the marathon. A friend had already said I was staying with her so that was covered. I knew something would work out. I just was not sure what.

One day a few weeks ago I got a letter from the IRS. That sent me into immediate panic mode. I had previously owed taxes and thought I was done. I also remembered hearing about the scams when people were pretending to be the IRS and asking for money. So I just sat there looking at the letter without opening it up. I even held it up to the light. Don't ask me why, it was addressed to me so I was legally allowed to open it. Eventually I did.

Inside was somewhat of a form letter stating that they had received a payment from me a couple years ago and did not know where to credit it. I called my mother (she does my taxes. She used to work for H&R Block so it was her job not just a favor since I am her daughter). Anyway she instructed me on how to respond. I did what she said and put the letter in the mail. Well, actually I had no stamp so I scanned the letter to her and she put it in the mail. I am not sure why this could not have been done electronically, but it is what it is.

Well, sometime last week I got a refund check in the mail from the IRS. They even paid me a tiny bit of interest. What is amazing is that with interest the check covered my plane ticket to Chicago with a teeny tiny bit of change. Less than a dollar's worth, but the entire event was so unexpected and so appreciated. So, I bought my plane ticket.

That is just how some miracles work, simply amazing.