You know the kids have been raised in a self-employed freelance household when you hear this:
Flora: Mooooom! The mail’s here, and it looks like it could be a cheque!
And you know they really pay attention to what’s inside those little envelopes when you hear this:
Cinder: Fuck, no, it’s the visa bill. Mom? Are you ready to look at this or should I hide it for a while?
And you know they really, really understand much too much about your finances when you hear this:
Cinder: So, is it a big enough cheque to zero the line of credit, or just big enough to cover rent? Or, like, cover rent and go out for sushi and something?
But when you hear this from the three-year-old, it’s probably time to tone down on the finance discussions before the children:
Ender: Mom! Mail! Cheque! Maybe from those fucking bastards who haven’t paid you for seven months!
To all of my friends, online and real-life, who lust after the life of a freelance writer… it has its high points, I won’t lie. I wouldn’t trade it for a 9-5 office job for the life of me. But sometimes, the idea of a regular, predictable bi-weekly paycheque is beyond intoxicating. And dental benefits? Oh, god. Dental benefits. I’m swooning…
Omg, so true and seriously it does have its perks, but I too so miss the bi-weekly paycheck!!
I think at least your partner still has a steady pay cheque. In our family, it’s random for both of us.
The fact that your kids are aware of the Visa bill makes ME swoon!!!! Then again, my kids aren’t at the orthodontia stage yet.
There is a down side: you realize you and your spouse actually CAN”T ever have a real conversation in the house anymore…
I’ll be joining the land of the self employed soon. I’m really going to miss those regular paychecks.
Yup. One does get used to it–but the irregularity of pay day never gets … easy. Just normal.
Hey, look at this way, at the rate your kids are going, they’ll be able to manage those checks for you in just a few years time. Maybe steer you into some nice investments?
Perhaps. Or learn to embezzle. It could go either way… 😛
On a positive note, at least they’ll think twice before they beg for those designer jeans when they hit their teens!!!!
They think Value Village is where we get all our “good” stuff. 🙂
loved it! you seriously rock girl. I wish you lived closer 😉
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Ha! Those kids crack me up!
Btw, did the fucking bastards ever pay you? Maybe your kids should give them a call.
Still waiting. Still waiting…