Posted by Tim Stobbs on May 12, 2008
For Mother’s Day I went out with my mom, dad and my brother’s family for bunch. As the bill came I was going to offer to pay half when my brother picked up the bill and said he would cover it. This stuck me as a bit odd (after all he had just moved and his wife was still on maternity leave), but hey if he wants to pay I’ll let him this time and get the bill next time. Yet what really got me was he commented “I might as well since you are not getting paid for the next six weeks.”
Just because I’m not getting a pay cheque he assumed I must suddenly be poor! Ha! That was funny. I actually explained we had saved up for my leave so I was not actually poor, but I did have to watch so I didn’t go over board on our spending.
Do people just assume that if you don’t have a pay cheque that you must be poor? Won’t a lack of a paycheque and a happy person imply “there goes a lucky guy”? After all in my mind not working and still being happy are great things, so shouldn’t we celebrate people who do this? Has anyone else come across this problem as well?
Mmm, this leave is already proving to be an entertaining view of the world. I’ll have to share more insights that I notice as time goes on.