I'm participating in an online writing group hosted by Ann Dee Ellis. She gives a prompt and encourages 8 minutes of uninterrupted writing. Here's the most recent exercise:
When Kevin and I were newlyweds, I'm not entirely sure how we survived financially. I had a small stipend while I worked in WSU Housing (like, $400 per month) and was making about $6.50/hour working part-time in the office. Kev's mom hired us both to work as ushers/valets at the Browning Center, and I started at $6/hour. I worked extra during the holidays so I could afford to buy Kev real cologne for Christmas. Most of my schooling was paid for, and we had a free apartment plus a small meal plan. But Kev was only working part-time occasionally so, looking back, it doesn't make much sense that we ever had any money.
I tried saving money where I could, and that involved using our campus meal plan to the fullest extent. Instead of buying real cheese from the grocery store to use in our sandwiches, I bought string cheese on campus and we sliced those up. It was serious, folks.
But one day I reached a point where I was like ENOUGH ALREADY! I wanted something fancy to enjoy while watching a movie. I wanted something satisfying and made with real cheese. I bought a $6 bag of frozen, friend mozzarella sticks. I think there were only 24 or less per bag. I baked just a few at a time and savored every ooey gooey bite. Kev and I looked forward to buying them every couple of months.
Now that we actually make money and can afford to buy real food (including fruits and vegetables!) I laugh about how difficult it was back then. I'm amazed we lived off so little and had a relatively good time. I'm glad our kids can be spoiled every now and then and that we don't have to count every single solitary penny. Yes, there are times we would appreciate a little more income, but for now I'm happy with where we are. And not just because I could afford to buy those mozzarella sticks more regularly if I wasn't LACTOSE INTOLERANT NOW OH THE IRONY.
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