I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the cost of things. Why? Because my first book, I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is currently free (FREE!) as a Kindle download through Friday, November 13th. No strings attached, just a little gift. Of course, I’m hoping for some honest reviews from you nice people, but there’s no obligation whatsoever.
I’m guessing you might be a little skeptical, because, is free ever really free?
For example, here in the DC area, I love to visit the Smithsonian museums. My favorite is the National Portrait Gallery. It’s not just a stodgy collection of portraits of U.S. Presidents. The museum also includes paintings, photos, and drawings of an impressive range of celebs and dignitaries such as Malala Yousafza, Rachel Welch, Charile Chaplin, Joan Baez, and Elvis Presley. All provided free to peruse at your leisure. Except, all the Smithsonian museums are supported, in part, by our tax payer dollars. In fact, according to the Smithsonian website, “Federal appropriations cover about 70 cents of every dollar needed by the Smithsonian,” (https://www.si.edu/giving/faqs accessed 11/8/15). So, these museums are free, but are they free?
Image provided courtesy of Pixabay, https://pixabay.com/en/expression-man-young-adult-male-909044/
I put on my thinking cap, and worked to identify a few things in life that are indeed free. Here’s my quick top five freebie list:
Sleep. There’s nothing like a good solid night of deep, uninterrupted sleep. I’m also very fond of the occasional rainy afternoon nap. Sleep costs you nothing, but a lack of sleep can indeed be very detrimental.
The Beach. Growing up in Florida, I took for granted that the beach was there any time I was so inclined to jump on my bike and head over to the shore. The beach was a great equalizer because no one knew if you drove a Ferrari or rode up on a used and beat up Schwinn. There are now summer days when I long for the time when I could spend lazy hours laying on a towel on the sand, listening to the waves and basking in the heat of the sun’s warmth.
Image provided courtesy of The Commons public photography archive: https://www.flickr.com/search/?w=commons&q=florida+beach
Hugs. This may be the very best free thing out there. Hugs are awesome. I’m a big hugger. Great big bear hugs.
Bank Lollipops. Yep, my bank still offers free lollipops and I take one every time. My favorite flavor is butterscotch, followed by root beer.
Laughter. I love laughter. Big ‘ol infectious giggles. My own laugh is more of a guffaw, quite horse-like. Be warned to not sit next to me in a funny movie if a loud laugh, at all the wrong moments, is going to embarrass you. This video of quadruplet babies laughing has been viewed over 7.5 MILLION times. I double-dog dare you to watch this and not be affected by it’s total cuteness. Laughter is indeed the best free gift of the Universe.
Video provided courtesy of YouTube: https://youtu.be/CQo2FJPLeQk
How about you, what are your favorite freebies?