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Past lives
buzzed, B&W
So, my parents visited me earlier this week. We went out for dinner Tuesday night, hung out Wednesday (mall, Korean grocery, more eating), and they left Thursday morning. Being my parents, they tried to give me lots of cash, buy me stuff, and fed me well.

Not wanting their aide, I tried to turn the money away. Though, when your step-mother shoves $250 (they wanted to pay for the cell phone I replaced) in your pocket in a public place, it's hard to try to give it back to her w/o flashing mad cash. In other words, I took the money. Part of me thinks it's not worth fighting them any more on this issue. I'ts not like they're doing it because they think I'm a failure, they're doing it because they want to and they have the means to do it. As someone at work mentioned, to them, 250 bucks is probably the same as $20 to the average person.

They also wanted to buy me stuff and kept saying "do you like this?" to clothes and things like that. I caved when it came to CDs though, and got some new music. Oh, and I got Korean food too.

The most surprising thing though was while in the past, I usually wanted the things they offered, my mindset has shifted while I've been doing AmeriCorps, and all the nice clothes and things they offered, I saw as extravagent. I have plenty of clothes, so the new clothes, while they look nice, were just over the top. Same thing when we went out to dinner - while the food was excellent, I was thinking it was too much, almost decadent.

Interestingly enough though, when I looked at the check, and saw that it had cost us around 35-40 bucks a head for dinner, I thought "that's not a bad price for what we had . . . "


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