I know I still haven’t finished telling about my day as a sixth grader, but the truth is I just haven’t been motivated to do much of anything for the last couple of weeks. Also since no one has been banging down my door asking to hear about my experiences with 6th grade math and science, I figure it’s safe for me to digress a little here and share a recent experience I had at work.
This is an actual conversation which took place between me and a coworker a couple of days ago:
Coworker: Who does your snow removal?
Me: Um. We do.
Coworker: Oh. Well I just set up a schedule with XYZ Company to do our snow removal this year. I wanted to be sure we got it set up before the snow came.
Me: Yeah, we’ve been meaning to take our snowblower in to get fixed before the snow comes but can’t afford it.
Coworker: How long has your snowblower been broken?
Me: Oh I don’t know…two or three years I think.
That was pretty much the end of that conversation obviously. This coworker of mine is clearly accustomed to a more comfortable lifestyle than what we are. She regularly comments about things which remind me of our class differences, though I don’t think it’s her intention to brag or to insult me. I think she simply doesn’t realize that not everyone enjoys the kind of financial stability which she clearly enjoys. What surprises me is that I’ve worked there for 6 months and she still hasn’t quite grasped that we are really not in the same tax bracket, as evidenced by the fact that she simply assumed I paid a service to clear my driveway in the winter. Maybe someday I will be financially stable enough to forget that other people are struggling to put food on the table, but I hope I never do.