Saturday, April 19, 2014

Younger siblings

I don`t know if I am alone in this or not. But I look at my parents with my brothers and think "Who are these people?"
My parents, not to bitch, but did not give me spending money.  There was no "allowance". I had to earn it. Not that it is a bad thing. It taught me to be very independent. As a kid my friends would save for shit. If I wanted something, I went door to door to offer raking, shoveling, lawn cutting, etc. Those service that were free for my parents by mutual agreement (so I've been told).

So here was the conversation between my dad and my brother:
Hey, Bud, do me a favor and rake up the sticks in the front yard.
I don't feel like it.
I'll pay you.
How much?
$20 (seriously, for 1/2 hour of light labour? $20? My parents would not have let me gouge my neighbors like that)

Nah, I'm good.

What the actual fuck?


  1. That is crazy Jamie... I do not give my youngest daughter money so freely, she gets a couple of dollars here and there for cleaning up the dishes and what not... I think it is wrong to hand out money to children, they never learn how hard it can be to come by, they need to learn to work for it.

    I want to thank you so much for your comment, I was nervous about publishing my last post ... people don't want to hear that things are not perfect or great or wonderful... they want to hear a lie. I really appreciated what you wrote, it is true, no one can be happy all the time and that is okay... I think we need to be more honest..

    Have a wonderful Easter .. :)

  2. Pocket money? I wouldn't dare ask my parents for money as a child. In fact, whenever someone gave us any cash, which wasn't much, our mother use to take it away from us as soon as they left. She said she was saving it for us - yeah OK.

    I think that sometimes parents are more lenient after they have had their first child and give more slack to the younger ones. My younger sibling got away with far more than I ever did.

    I love the new look blog Jamie.

  3. I'm sure all parents strive to be consistent, we do, but you just get tired sometimes. Tired. So tired.

  4. Great post!! I love your blog!