Do you ever wonder what you did with all that money when you were foot loose and fancy free? Cause you were, right? Or maybe you were angsty and at Hot Topic, which still, where did all the money go?
I can pin our sudden loss of wiggle room on two things: first, we changed jobs and second, we had a kid. There’s nothing we can do about the first. Quality of life and all that. As for the second, what the hell did we DO with all that money?
Were we out sprinkling it in the streets? Were we papering our walls with it? Were we funding scholarships? I have no idea. I just know that once we had RR, we suddenly had no disposable income. Impolite to talk about finances I know, but HOLY COW.
This might be less noticeable (but still WOW IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING?) if we hadn’t suddenly all needed a new wardrobe. D and I are smaller people since our lives have evened out enough to make ourselves a priority. Our clothes are falling off of us. Literally. When I was walking the dog. Fell. Off. RR is a also new size suddenly, but too differently shaped from her cousins/friends/neighbors to make any of her hand-me-down jeans fit. The child has a teensy waist. Anything that fits is too short and anything long enough falls off. Fortunately, this won’t last but in the meantime, it’s getting chillier and her butt is getting too big for her only remaining pair of weather-appropriate gear.
So this morning, I opened the closet door and gazed into a closet of empty hangers. It would echo if it were a bigger closet which makes it even more alarming that it’s half empty. At this moment, I have just enough work gear to only have to repeat one shirt and two pants. One pair of shoes. One sweater. One sweater? I’m a librarian! Then I went into my child’s closet and found that she had enough clothing to live in Arizona or gain 20 lbs but in the meantime, would have to wear leg warmers and too tight shirts.
Yes, we could (and have) bought new clothes. But after wearing the same things for four (!!) years and having an endless supply of hand-me-downs for RR, we have allocated that money somewhere else. Now we only have to decide where to peel it off from so that we can all leave the house clothed. That’s easy, right? RIGHT?!