After writing about how uninteresting my new coworker is, I'm going to go ahead and squeeze a short post out of her. I still think she's boring, but so am I and look how many posts I've written about myself.
Yesterday, I heard her on the phone asking someone if she could get the money to them tomorrow, which is now today. Then, later on, she had the same conversation with someone else. The conversations were short and cordial, so I'm guessing it wasn't her bookie or dealer. Actually, I really don't think she's the type to have a bookie or dealer and she definitely doesn't have a pimp. Now that I think about it, it sounded like one of them had to do with a field trip for one of her kids because the phrase "permission slip" was used. Point is, she couldn't pay it until payday and what does a field trip cost? Twenty bucks? Fifty maybe? I really don't know since I haven't been on one since the Clinton administration (which actually makes me sound kind of young, huh?)
Anyway, I know a lot of people live paycheck to paycheck, but I still have a hard time understanding it. I guess having three kids when both parents hold very low-paying jobs makes things tough. At least they have both parents.
I find it hard to relate, though, because I have the same low-paying job she does and I wait until I have four or five checks piled up before I take them to the bank. I know that's unusual (not to mention lazy), and I don't mean it to sound like I think that it makes me a better person, because of course it doesn't. I'm just really thankful that my costs of living are so low that when the Post Office loses my paycheck for four weeks in a row (which happened recently), I don't mind just waiting until they all get returned to sender so I can pick them up all at once.
I'm fortunate like that. Then again, not having kids is not so much fortune as choice. Okay, there may have been some fortune from time to time on that front (thank you, Jeebus!), but it's mostly choice.
CLARIFICATION: I think this still ended up sounding a bit "holier than thou," and rather than fix it so it doesn't, just know that I do understand how the world works and what I'm really trying to say is that I'm very glad I'm not in a situation where I'm digging a financial hole. This is a message of thanks to the fates (and maybe myself a little, too).