“She Works Hard For Her Money…..”

Last night I did some late night grocery shopping. I am assuming that I am not the only one who does late night shopping sometimes to avoid having to take the kids with me. I was at Winco around 10:00 when I started chatting with the checker who was probably in her early 50s. I told her that she must be exhausted working so late, and she said that she actually had two jobs and that she had been working since 4:00 in the morning. She works as an accountant at OSU working 4 10 hour days, and then a few nights a week, she works at Winco. She told me that she is working to help her kids through college, to pay for their weddings etc….

As I was driving home, a few thoughts came to my mind.

  1. I really really really hope that her children appreciate her. Like seriously, if they don’t appreciate the sacrifices that their mother is making, I might need to do a karate chop on them (not that I would know how to do that or would actually ever do it). Also, I hope that they are also working their butts off as well and not expecting their mom to pay for all of their college.
  2. I started thinking about with the downslide in the economy over the last few years, there most be more people in situations like hers than I could imagine.
  3. I felt very very grateful that Chris and I are somehow making it work for me to be with the kids almost full time right now. I do not want to take what I have going for granted, because I am feeling blessed to be doing exactly what I want to be doing right now.
  4. Although I love my kids dearly, I think that they may be the ones working ┬álate at night to pay for college(although I really appreciate this mom’s sacrifice). Hopefully by then I will be working a day job and sleeping at night. Or at least I like to dream that one day I will be getting good sleep again :)?
Wendy M. - December 2, 2011 - 6:51 am

I agree…what a wonderful mom, but I hope my kids are the ones working late at night when they are in college, not me! (For the record, I worked many late nights at Albertsons to help pay for college- my mom sacrificed a lot to make up the rest, so we both did our part.)
I also feel really blessed to be able to stay home full-time with my kids…I think it’s given me perspective on our finances and what we can live without. I’m happy to be able to teach those lessons to the kids (especially as Christmas is approaching!)

adrienne w - December 3, 2011 - 8:47 am

That’s rough. I agree that she is making a wonderful sacrifice, but more realistically there are people working like that to just meet their basic needs, not pay for college and weddings. I feel very blessed in many ways, but I look forward to the day when we are not having to take extra odd jobs and such to make ends meet and maybe even start to save. As we speak, Denver is off to ref basketball for the day. I just think it’s slightly amusing that a government employed designated accountant has to ref basketball too. But I’m sure glad he can and will. That’s more than some people have. We can’t AFFORD for me to work, because I’d never make anything after paying for child care for 4 kids, so that is a blessing in itself that I can stay home.