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Daily Prompt: A heartbeating Cliché

Daily Prompt: Cliché
Clichés become clichés for a reason.
Tell about the last time a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush for you


o be honest, I had never heard this cliché before.  So I looked up the link above, and the origin of it gives meaning:

Origin:  This proverb refers back to medieval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon)
was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).

The first citation of the expression in print in its currently used form is found in
John Ray’s A Hand-book of Proverbs, 1670,
in which he lists it as:  
[also ‘one’] bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

That helps!  🙂  March 22nd will mark three years since our son was first diagnosed with WWolff-Parkinson-White Syndromee (Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome)…which for him, was a very rapid heartbeat (220+ beats per minute) that would happen for no reason.  He had to have an ablation done to his heart by heart catherization to “zap” the electrical part in his heart that was abnormal.  It took about six hours . . . mainly because the doctors (at one time four cardiologists working on him) to find the right spot.  Later we learned that where it was, some people (especially athletes) suddenly drop dead from.  After three days in the hospital and coming home with no problems and completely healed, the doctor, hospital, ambulance and lab bills came pouring in.  Stephen did not have medical insurance.  He made too much to get governmental help.  But coming close to $30,000 of bills he did not know how he’d pay it off.  And, he was soon to be asking a girl to marry him, but her father said he could not marry her with debt and all of a sudden he owed as much as he would for a first-time mortgage.  

Several told us to write a letter of hardship to the various places, and so one by one, we wrote them,sharing our income, Stephen’s income and any additional information.  With each letter of acceptance received, wiping yet another debt off, we rejoiced.  His $30,000 went down to about $500.  It was quite amazing.

So how is this like a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?  Just weeks before this happened to our son, he was very disappointed that he did not get a raise.  He was having a tough time financially, and was beginning to look around for another job.  He was also concerned that he did not have insurance.  Yet had he been making more, he would still be paying on this bill for quite some time.  It was definitely worth him having less, that helped him pay more. 

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