I remember the first time I filed my taxes. I was a mere teen and felt all grown up. I had a W-2. I had FICA! I had no idea what FICA was, but I had it, and so I was somebody!
It didn't take long for the annual filing of taxes to lose its allure.
I think that Magnum has been the tax preparer ever since we got married. In the early days, they were no biggie, but over time, they've gotten more complicated along with the tax laws. Add some kids, add some investments, add some private tutoring biz, add some college...
Over the past few weekends, he's chipped away at them as the pile of documents seemed to spread like a virus on the dining table. I did my part by staying out of the way. Every now and then, he would announce, "Got another line filled in!"
Bottom line? After accounting for postage, about five bucks in the black. Gosh, what should we splurge on?!
I see that as quite an accomplishment. We/he couldn't have hit it closer if we tried. Sure, it's nice to get a big return check, but really that just means that the government is having to give back your own money that they shouldn't have had to begin with.
Yesterday, I went out to run some errands in the afternoon and that was the first I heard of the explosions in Boston. At first, I thought the source was possibly one or more disgruntled American taxpayers, given the date. Then there're the anniversaries of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Waco assault. This is a volatile time of year.
Not surprisingly, my f_book feed had lots of "prayers go out to..." type posts. I also saw a lot about runner solidarity. Runners should go out and run today or wear race t-shirts - symbolically reinforce the runnerhood. That's fine.
But I don't think this is a situation of runners vs. evil or even Boston vs. evil. It's just more good vs. evil. And I like to think that the good still outnumber the evil.
As it happens, I did run today. I'd planned on running, terrorist explosions or no.
I don't often think about it, but I do feel a unity with other runners. And when there's an act of evil against good, I feel unity with the billions of good people too.