Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Today Marvin Gardens quit his job. I made him do it, and we are going to be poor, and I am glad.
I will not tell the whole detailed story, because it is his story, not mine. But I have mentioned before that Marvin Gardens SO hates his job, which is a terrible way to live.
A few years ago, he went back to school and got his teaching credential, which though not high-paying, was something he really wanted to do. He graduated with a 3.9, the teacher he student taught with loved him, and then he could not find a teaching job. At all.
So, Marvin stuck with the job he had, hoping a teaching job would finally happen. Then today his work did something so disrespectful, so vile. He called me, completely dispirited. It was awful. I have such a nasty email to his boss brewing in my head.
So I said to him, "Go back in there and quit that stupid job. We will not starve to death. You can substitute teach. I have a job with benefits, you can use my insurance. But you cannot live like this any longer."
Because you know what? It is more important to be happy than to make money. It is so, SO much more important. We will not die without this job. We have savings now. Maybe this is why we did this not-spending plan in the first place, who knows? But I believe we will be taken care of. I think something better will come along and we will be grateful that this stupid day even happened.
I had planned to blog today about how I wanted some sparkly pink ballet flats that I saw at Urban Outfitters, and that Marvin had washed his iPod in the washing machine and wanted a new one. We will continue to be living without those things. We are trained in this going-without thing now. We can do this!
But in the meantime, can I make Marvin call me "Pants"?