I was doing some sculpting today & you know how it is: the house is quiet, your hands are busy & your thoughts kinda go where they want from here to there and back again.
I got to thinking about the new Wonderland movie. I know darn well that not one of my "grown-up" friends is going to want to go. Ken won't because eventually it'll be on TV so why sit in a cramped seat in an Imax theatre that you have to drive 1 hr to get to. But I do have a couple of grandkids who I know would give their eye teeth to go! And then I got to thinking about how difficult life is for them at the moment. Their parents are newly split up: dad's got a new girlfriend who's suddenly more important than paying child support. My daughter has a job that doesn't give her a full 40 hour paycheque and then there's the mortgage and... and... and. She tries her best but you can only stretch money so far. Luxuries like movies are just so far down the list.
How do people do it nowadays? With the economy down in the dumps and the cost of everything going up but never down, how do people manage to pay their bills and put food on the table? If there aren't two incomes, it's virtually impossible. And yet in any one classroom how many kids come from single parent households?
I grew up poor but never realized it. My parents were newly immigrated so money was always tight. Most of my friends were like me, altho I did have a couple of friends who were well off. It was never fun going to their houses because altho they had lots of everything including toys we were never allowed to play with anything in case we made a mess that the housekeeper had to clean. We used to feel sorry for them. They weren't allowed to make a mess; weren't allowed to get dirty. We made most of our own fun and it all had to do with imagination and being outside. You were never bored.
When my kids were young, I was on my own & struggling. We lived in the country where they could be outside all day long...from breakfast right thru til supper. If I had kids today, I'd be afraid to let them out like that. It's no wonder that obesity in kids is growing. They're not allowed to "roam free". There must have been predators, and pedophiles when mine were small; you just never heard about them. Besides you were on a first name basis with your local policeman because that's just what he was....local. How do parents cope? It's no wonder that kids live more structured lives now.
I'm one of those lucky people who got to retire early. It's called Freedom55 here in Canada. I hear from so many people about how their supervisor is giving them grief but there's nothing they can do. Or worried about keeping their job; or whether they'll ever be able to retire because there's no pension. How do people manage?
I'm glad we don't live forever. As the world shrinks due to overpopulation and the dog eat dog mentality increses, it's becoming more stressful and less fun. Or maybe I'm just getting old & crotchety!