I realize now that I have previously spent too much time wishing I could be somebody who is easier to like or take interest in, mostly in appearance-related ways. But when it comes down to it I think I’m better off just the way I am. Because I don’t want a bunch of attention from all the wrong people, I want just a fair amount of attention from the right person.
My mom was employed with the same company for over 17 years. Her employment was terminated today because she took a fourth sick day and they are only allowed to use three (and they weren’t even consecutive). She is 50 years old and has to start from scratch. It’s fucking unbelievable how petty large corporations can be and get away with it. I haven’t lived with my parents for 2 years, 6 really if you count the fact that I only stayed with them for a couple months at a time between terms while I was in college, but they still have been offering some financial support. And rather than worry about themselves first, my dad was concerned about what was going to happen to me if they have to stop sending me funds for a while.
I have always felt guilty for letting them send me money in the first place when I knew they should have been setting it aside for themselves in case of an emergency or for retirement. I’ve always considered the assistance temporary with an unknown expiration date, but never knew the day I’d have to make ends meet on my own would come this soon. I know I can make it work and will make it work any way I can, and my parents will get through this, too. However, that doesn’t distract from the fact that this situation was produced from a bullshit policy that has no business existing in the first place.
We’re talking about a woman who hasn’t skipped work a day in her life. If she calls in sick it’s because she is truly miserable and needs to recover. Hell, most of the time when she is sick she has shown up anyway because they are so harsh about anyone missing days. How can you value someone so little as to fault them for being ill and needing rest? I guess we were due for another reminder why I hate capitalism.
i want a friend with benefits (dental and medical insurance, 401k retirement plan, etc.)
You know I genuinely adore you when I get up four hours before I have to be, just so I can text you to say good morning.