Friday, March 26, 2010

If I Had A Million Dollars

If I had a 1,000,000 (If I had a 1,000,000)
I'd buy you a house ( I would buy you a house)
If I had a 1,000,000 (If I had a 1,000,000)
I'd buy you furniture for your house (maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman)
If I had a 1,000,000 (If I had a 1,000,000)
I'd buy you a K-car (a nice Reliant automobile)
If I had a 1,000,000, I'd buy your love

In 1992, The Barenaked Ladies released their song "If I Had A Million Dollars".  I imagine many of you have asked yourself this question at least once in your life.  It's natural.  After all, a million dollars represents a carefree life of luxury.  As kids we saw it again and again on TV from the Clampetts moving to Beverly Hills to George and Weezie movin' on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky.

As newleyweds, this question came up once in a while especially after returning to that little apartment after a long day of work.  Fortunately, it never set in too long because we were happily distracted with the things that money couldn't buy - family, good friends, and one, two, then three babies.  After all, what would we spend that money on anyway?  Eighteen years of marriage later we finally have the answer.

On April 28th the girls will start their Myozyme treatments!  It's taken a while, but we are so relieved treatments are around the corner.  OK, so how does this tie into 1,000,000?  Well, when we first found out about Madeline a good friend came by and asked if we knew how much the annual treatments cost.  It hadn't crossed our minds, but I know this industry so I guessed.  Let's see... does it have four zeros?  No.  Five zeros?  Closer.  Six zeros? That's the one.  Yep.  A child's Myozyme treatment is $200,000 per year!  Now I will never be a math professor, but even I could calculate 2 kids x $200,000 per year, for the rest of their life. 

After the doctors confirmed this amount and we entered the highway leaving CHOP, Donna turned to me and asked the dreaded question... "how?"  In a heartbeat we came to the same conclusion.... "by any means necessary".  Since that time, things have settled out and we've found that our insurance card is our version of the lottery ticket we never picked.

So while the girls' diagnosis has made us ask ourselves many questions we weren't expecting, it has answered at least one question for us.  So if you come across "If I Had A Million Dollars" while searching the FM dial you'll know the answer.


Credit to: The Barenaked Ladies, "If I Had A Million Dollars"


  1. Haven't you always wanted a monkey?

  2. Now a million dollars doesn't seem like a lot, does it?

  3. Never again will I complain about the cost of private health insurance.

  4. I love the combination of bare naked ladies and 1 millon dollars.

  5. Such clarity...thanks for the gift of your words to us all.

  6. If I had $29.00 in tips? I'd be rich.

  7. Definitions of Rich:

    possessing material wealth; "her father is extremely rich"; "many fond hopes are pinned on rich uncles"
    having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources); "blessed with a land rich in minerals"; "rich in ideas"; "rich with cultural interest"
    of great worth or quality; "a rich collection of antiques"
    fat: marked by great fruitfulness; "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil"
    deep: strong; intense; "deep purple"; "a rich red"
    very productive; "rich seams of coal"
    high in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air; "a rich vein of copper", "a rich gas mixture"
    suggestive of or characterized by great expense; "a rich display"
    containing plenty of fat, or eggs, or sugar; "rich desserts"; "they kept gorging on rich foods"
    full-bodied: marked by richness and fullness of flavor; "a rich ruby port"; "full-bodied wines"; "a robust claret"; "the robust flavor of fresh-brewed coffee"
    pleasantly full and mellow; "a rich tenor voice"

    I think that Matt is pleasantly full and Mellow.

  8. I love the FM 'dial' reference

  9. Eighteen years of marriage?