Death Is All Around Me (But It’s Probably Not What You’re Thinking)


Death is all around me.

You’re probably thinking, ‘Oh the poor thing’ right now. But it’s not like that. Dying is but one version of the Death card. Here are some others I’ve experienced just today:

It’s confirmed. I’m being moved to a new position at work. Out of the art room and into the classroom. I’ve never been a regular teacher before and although I’m kind of curious to see what it’s like I’m not burning with ambition to make the move. However this evening I spoke to the person who is taking over my job and she’s excited about the change. As I’m very fond of this person I’ve decided to bow out with good grace. You never know, I might actually enjoy my new job. Fingers crossed.

A colleague of mine gave birth to a baby boy a few hours ago which is always an occasion of great joy. It’s also an event associated with the Death card. Because a baby brings about the death of your old life and your old routines. This birth was extra special because my beautiful friend almost died giving birth to her first child but with this one had a regular pregnancy and labour. I’m so happy for her and her family. Here’s a shout out to you Tam!

My eldest daughter got offered a management position at the McJob where she works as a casual. She’s been offered this position before but turned it down because she figured it was too much work for not enough pay (sound familiar?) However recently she’s been doing the job anyway because the so-called real managers have not been pulling their weight during her shifts. Anyway tonight one of her employers told her they were going to make her a manager by the end of January. Full stop. No argument to be entered into. And she’s happy about it because if she’s doing the work she might as well get the salary for it.

My youngest daughter has been given permission to skip a year at school and go straight through to Year 12. Which means she will graduate at the end of next year instead of the year after. She hates school with a passion because she finds it boring but is pretty smart (if I do say so myself. Of course, sometimes she’s a smart arse so there is a downside, ha.) For the first time in years she is actually excited about school. For the first time in years she says she feels happy. Hallelujah and praise the Lord say I.

So you see the Death card is not all bad. But it does require mental and physical adjustments. Hopefully all will go well for us. Can you think of any other examples of this card?

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