I was thinking about the comments that I got from my last post about the young man in the grocery store. I guess I did give the impression that I looked down my nose at grocery clerks. I do not, although it is not a job I would want to have. I respect anyone who can stand on their feet all day and deliver a presence in their work and still have the energy to be pleasant and make small talk. I also realize that it was my shortsightedness that indicated he would have no future in this career path.
My own view on savings, though, comes from my history. I had to save money all of my life, even when I was a kid. Money was set aside for holiday gifts long before stuff for myself. As I got older, a certain percentage was set aside for college expenses. Maybe I felt free of money pressures when I was under ten, but never after that. I grew up in a family where saving money was as important as praying is in other families. Save for life improvement, save for a rainy day and if there was some left over save for something fun.
I never went on vacations (except for camping or visiting relatives) until much, much, later in my life. As a young woman clothes were purchased when necessary and repaired as needed. Fashion was considered a way to lose money easily. We grew much of our own food. I sewed most of my clothes and those of my children...all as a means of saving money. I am now in a very different economic group ( I think, due in part, to being frugal in my youth), and feeling thankful if sometimes a little embarrassed for that.
I have a republican nephew who feels strongly that poor people are poor because they are lazy and stupid and that liberals are short-sighted in wanting to raise the minimum wage to reward these low-class people who have demonstrated a lack of effort in furthering themselves. He thinks that hamburger flippers are stupid for taking such a low paying job in the first place. He feels you make your own breaks. To a small extent he is right. But to a large extent chaos reigns in peoples lives and many people get broken through no fault of their own.
But for a liberal such as I, when in front of such a cavalier young earner as my grocery clerk in this day and age, I almost think a little more like a republican.