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Since I'm already a post whore today

Ever said something to someone, and in retrospect you feel like a total snobbish ass? Yesterday, I was standing out in the backyard with the boys' old nanny (ok, ex-nanny. She's younger than I am) watching the kids run around. I mentioned how we never used to use our backyard because we have two dogs who are out there pooping all the time. If we wanted to use the backyard, it was usually preceeded by an hour or more of me canvasing the yard picking up poop. Not only was a pain in the ass, but I was also uncomfortable with the boys running around playing where there was probably layers of poop that had already become 'one with the yard'. Of course, they were much younger then, and much more likely to pick things up and put them in their mouth *laugh*

So I told her that we found a company that will come in once a week, on Friday mornings, and pick up ALL of the poop. That way, on the weekends I just have to do a five minute sweep before the kids can go run around in the backyard. I find that because of this we are out in the backyard EVERY weekend the weather allows and that makes it well worth the cost.

Today I realize how utterly snobby 'Plano' that sounded. I am too good to pick up my own dog's poop, but have enough disposable income to pay someone else to do it. I really need to think about the things I say and how they might sound to someone else. Yes, we work hard and long hours, and want to spend our off time with our kids instead of doing things like yard work, cleaning up dog poop and doing deep cleans of the house. So for us, it's worth the money to have someone else do it for us. If we needed to cut back, those are things that would easily go away.

God, am I that shallow? Have I really integrated that much into Plano culture?

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publius_ovidius
Apr. 17th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
No, there's nothing wrong with that. I have a housekeeper because I have better ways of spending my time and I have enough disposable income that I'd happily pay someone else to do that. I do sometimes have a bit of guilt over that, but my housekeeper's happy to earn the money. Snobbish would be rubbing it in or looking down at others who can't afford such amenities.
trshtwns01
Apr. 17th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
Nope - don't do either of those :)

It just amazes me sometimes how far I've moved in life, and I always wonder at what point it just all goes away and you have to go back to what you once used to know. I used to survive on WAY less than 10K a year, and was raised by a single mother who didn't work and lived on government annuity and social security. Neither pays for a good living, that's for sure *laugh* My husband and I used to eat red beans and rice too many times a week when we first got together. That good old New Orleans staple, yet I can hardly eat it anymore.

Now, someone cuts my grass, cleans my house every two weeks, picks up dog poop, washes my car (Ok. That doesn't happen THAT often), all the things you can pay someone to do for you. Thank you, technology. Were it not for UNIX, programming and the web, this wouldn't be possible :)
morzsa
Apr. 18th, 2005 05:41 am (UTC)
Just think of it this way: You create job opportunities. There are people who have jobs because they are hired. It goes like that. Who knows, maybe they have a housekeeper, too? Once we had a gardener who had a housekeeper, who, in turn, had a gardener.
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