Recently, I met a friend for the weekend. She drove south, and I drove north. We enjoyed staying in a hotel, surrounded by silence. Of course to my friend and I, silence means there are no kids bickering with each other, no gripes about what was made for dinner, and no whines when bedtime is announced. Our silence may have been broken by the television or our own dialogue, but we had control of the volume, the intensity, and the on/off button. Parental paradise.
While together, my friend and I enjoyed eating dinner out at a restaurant. You know – a restaurant. A restaurant is a place where one can order food to eat without having to make it. Even better, a restaurant is a place where they bring the food to your table, and they clean up the mess when you are finished eating. It is amazing! (I don’t get out much.)
During dinner the first night, my friend and I were listening to the conversations of the tables near us. Hmmm…. we were not listening to the tables, as tables do not talk; rather, we were listening to the conversations of the people sitting at tables near us. Yes, that’s it.
As I was saying, my friend was listening to the couple beside us, and I was listening to the family across from us. The family across from us was talking about jobs; seems the teenage son wanted a job. Specifically, he told his Mom he wanted to work at Chick-fil-A (a fast food restaurant chain). She scoffed at him. Then he mentioned that his friend Kate worked at Chick-fil-A and she really liked it. His mother responded, “She works? I thought you said her parents were rich?” He responded, “They are rich.” Then she said, “Well, why does she work?”
Stop the press. I interrupt this post to ask the question: Is the overall perception that if one is rich one does not have to work? Is the fact that one has to work to get rich overlooked?
I’m not implying that everyone who works becomes rich; by the same token, if you do not work, you will not get rich.
And this word ‘rich’, what does this word ‘rich’ mean? Merriam-Webster’s first definition of ‘rich’ is “having abundant possessions and especially material wealth.” Going further, the definition of ‘wealth’ includes “abundant supply”. That said, I am rich in dust and dog hair. Woo hoo! I’m rich!! Should I quit my two jobs now?
I’m not looking to get into a debate on wealth, poverty and politics. I just wanted to share my sadness in the Mom’s comment. I am saddened that her son wanted to work – he wanted to do something – and she scoffed at the thought, poking fun at a supposed ‘rich’ kid for working.
Currently the United States is facing high unemployment numbers. We’ve been facing these high numbers for over a year now. I empathize with anyone who has been unemployed for a prolonged period of time. I imagine, for some, the longer you are unemployed the less motivated you are to find work; instead, you find yourself in a mood altering rut. Been there. Done that.
If you are finding yourself in the rut of unemployment, I genuinely hope you are able to find employment soon. And, I encourage you to get out and change up your day/routine. I imagine that prolonged unemployment makes one more susceptible to depression, and depression is a horrible beast to slaughter. Don’t just keep your foot on the gas, letting the wheels spin uncontrollably, making the rut deeper. Change up your routine. It will get better.
In other news, my friend and I did not overhear any good conversations on our second night out for dinner. She was annoyed at the loud banter of guys behind us, and I was mesmerized by the eyes of the guy across from us. But, we couldn’t hear any conversations. We plan on getting together again soon. You know, so we can
eavesdrop hang out together.
One more thing, my friend and I also played a couple of games of Scrabble. At the start of one game, I laid down the first tiles, and it was wonderful. My word? My word was ‘limited’. Count the letters, folks. Seven! Seven letters! Yep, I used all my letters right out of the gate. I forget the total number of points I scored with that word. It was probably around 123 or maybe closer to 23.