My grandmother is very sick.
One of the most difficult issues I’ve had to confront since falling in love with a French man and moving overseas, is the fact that we will always be far away from one of our families. Either we’re here, ten minutes away from his parents and 13 hours away (at best) from mine, or we’re close to my family and far from his.
I’ve known for a long time that each time I say goodbye to someone, especially to my grandmother who has been in fragile health for years, that it might be the last time I say goodbye. And when we were in the United States in December that was a very hard realization to have.
Now, however, as the situation reaches a place of urgency, I feel unable to sit at home and wait for someone to call me with some sort of news. So the other day I started scouring online, last-minute fare finders, looking for a way to be able to fly home.
Honestly, if the prices had been in the thousands, I wouldn’t have been able to swing it. But I found two tickets with Swiss Air for less than $800 each, and now my daughter and I have a flight booked for the end of February.
For the first time in a long time, I’ve been able to deal with an emergency without needing to reach for the credit card. We had enough money in emergency fund for me to be able to afford the trip home, and we still have money left over.
I feel really grateful for many things: that I work with a team of people who are understanding about my needs and allow me the flexibility that is so important in times like these and that we’ve been in a financial situation over the past few years that has allowed us to squirrel away, little by little, enough money for times like these. That’s a lesson learned from my grandmother.
What have you used your emergency fund for?