My mum died when we were young and we would sometimes do tongue in cheek gifts for my dad instead (which is either sweet or cruel...but when your class is making macaroni cards you've gotta do something to keep busy!) Now we do nothing and try to pretend the day doesn't exist. So that's healthy.
This was stunning. May I echo others here and suggest that you next write about getting married to someone you've known for nine days? Would love to read [that and anything else you write!]
@littleoaks @ATF @nell I feel like a crazy person but I swear all my products (shampoo, conditioner, foundation, mascara) last me *at least* a year. I use hair products very sparingly because I have the 'finest' hair known to woman (i.e. I would be basically bald if curls didn't hide all manner of sins) but only find myself replacing annually, so for me it's worth it to invest in what works.
We had friends visiting so we all spent insane amounts of money treating each other to food, drinks, and other treats. Totally worth it but current plans include spending as little money as possible for the next couple of weeks to compensate. Wish me luck!
When we were young (late 80s/early 90s) my sister and I would get a crisp orange two dollar bill every Sunday (Canada!) and then usually walk to the corner store and spend it on candy. It wasn't linked to chores; it was more of an exercise in money management. We also had bank accounts so I guess we would put part of it in there sometimes? Then when I was 10 my mum died and my dad was like "k here's the plan, you come home alone every day, take the dog for a walk, do the laundry/some other chores and I'll give you x dollars/week" (I can't remember how much it was, maybe $10? But it felt like a lot). My older sister had an everyday gig taking some neighbour kids home so I was alone for several hours until my dad got off work and picked up my little brother from his after school program on his way home. At the time I thought it was sweeet but in retrospect it was maybe a lot of responsibility for a fifth grader? Anyway as I did more and more babysitting and then got a part time job allowance just fizzled out.
@Lily Rowan You raise an excellent point. I guess I assumed he had owned it at one point and it got donated to charity in a move. Seems Mike Dangish.
Everyone seems to be missing the most important part of this post, which is that Mike Dang has impeccable taste in late90s/early 2000s era movies/music. As if there were ever any doubt.
I think this is true on both ends: people are reluctant to identify as rich or working-class, so middle class just feels more comfortable or 'normal.' I feel like most people I know identify as having had a middle-class upbringing, despite wildly different life experiences and definitions of what middle class means.
@gyip You are the Mike Dang of Ontario, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible.
@BillfoldMonkey that is great advice, thank you! Step one will involve getting up the courage to cook for myself again ;)