So here I am, slugging away at the same profession that I’ve been doing for the last 30 years…(granted, IMO I’m good at it and am compensated well for doing so)….But the fact that I just received text messages from my two kids got me thinking that I want their lives.
My youngest just quit her part-time job at the corporate offices of Regal Cinemas (the largest theater chain in the world) a couple of weeks ago. It was a boring job that she had for the past 3 years…but it was real flexible, paid ok and she got lots of free movie passes as perks. Ideal for a HS and college student. Her NEW summer job is as a photographer for a whitewater rafting company. Several of her friends are the raft guides and she takes the pictures to sell to the customers at the end of trip. The company provides all the gear and she makes a good hourly wage plus a percentage of the sales at the end of the summer. She only works Tues., Wed., Thurs., and Sat. They basically camp on the river during the week. Of course she was able to take off a couple of days to go to Bonaroo (which is where she is now and texted me to tell me how good the bands were). She lives in a condo near campus that I own and I pay for her tuition and some of her living expenses while she is in school.
My oldest daughter just graduated in May with a degree in interior design/architecture, Cum Laude. We took her on a cruise as a graduation present to Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. It was a great trip. While we on the trip she informed us of her “summer plans”. She has sent resumes all over the US and several foreign countries. Most of the firms she would like to work for have told her that they really don’t hire for entry level positions until the fall because most of them use college interns to do that sort of work during the summer. Rather than take a job to just mark time or keep her job she has had for a year with the universities catering service she decided to go to Africa. With the money she had saved and the graduation gifts she received, she and a friend put together a trip. They are spending 2 weeks in Egypt starting in Cairo. So far she has been to the pyramids, ridden a camel in the Sahara, swam in the Nile and is now on a two day trip traveling up the Nile on a faluca. A faluca is the traditional sailboat that you see on the Nile and she was able to send me a text telling me what a blast it was. Later she will go to Alexandria, Aswan and several other stops. Next they will travel to Nairobi, Kenya and are volunteering in a rural orphanage for 6 weeks. From that base they will be able to take weekend trips to various sites in Kenya. After that they will be traveling by train for two weeks in Tanzania to see several of the national game parks and then on for a few days in Madagascar for some snorkeling and partying. Then back to Nairobi for flights back to the states. She was able to put all of this together for around $4,000 and is paying for it herself. This is the same kid who did and exchange study program last year at the University of Krakow, Poland and then went backpacking to Italy, France, England and Norway. The only thing I paid for on that trip was the tuition. She works hard, doesn’t blow her money and loves to travel. At 23 she has been to 20+ countries and 4 continents.
Here I am, helping rich people get richer, day in day out. It’s not a bad life…but damn…I think I need to kick back and do what my girls are doing. Once I get the youngest graduated…I may just retire and see the world…spend all my money…then come back and let the girls take care of me…:D