Thursday, February 28, 2013
Complaining in the Rain
Yesterday, it was raining cats and dogs (and elephants and hippopotamuses). I had to pick up Son #1 and his tuba first, then go directly to Big Sis' school. When I parked, I realized I didn't have an umbrella. Growling, I realized that Hubby probably had at least three in his car. I couldn't see the pickup spot from my car to know if it was time yet. So I threw my coat over my head and ran to the sidewalk. I noticed The Woman had a huge umbrella and I planned to ask if I could stand underneath with her. As soon as I approached, the wind took her umbrella and demolished it. She cursed and threw the umbrella down. I muttered something halfway funny about us both being in bad shape, but she wasn't amused. Realizing that the teacher wasn't there with her class yet, I ran back to wait in my car.
I splish-sploshed to the other end of the line, retrieved my cousin, and ran back to the car. The Woman was in the front while my kids sat in the back. I knew about where The Woman lived, which was on the way to my cousin's house. I surely didn't mind giving her a lift.
We engaged in small talk on the ride, discussing the weather and other things. She wondered if we would get a snow day this week. I replied that a snow day would be nice. She said she hoped not tomorrow, because she had a work appointment. "Oh, where do you work?" was the natural response. "I don't work," she replied. I said something breezy in response and then asked if she was still in school. She mentioned school once before to me. No, she's not in school either. That's when my problem began.
Pardon me for my frankness, but I was raised with the belief that you had to lie in the bed you made for yourself. In other words, if you don't have a job, you can't expect to have nice things. Am I alone in this? This woman apparently lives totally on the government. She has no live-in boyfriend supporting her. She has a home, food, nice clothes, and a cell phone. Who is paying for these things? She's not disabled.
I am getting sick and tired of this lazy society that expects someone else to take care of their needs. I will continue to be nice to The Woman, as I am a nice person. I will offer her rides home on rainy days because I believe in lending a hand to the less fortunate. I can't say that I'm happy with the situation though.
Maybe I'm the only one who has these thoughts and I'm sure I'll hear from those who don't share my opinion. I'm just getting fed up and needed to vent about it. It's my blog and I'll cry if I want to!