My darling (new — just last August!) hubby was laid off at the beginning of May. It’s kind of scary, not having money coming in on a regular basis. We are very lucky that we have a cushion, and we are both looking for ways to create income in the long term. But having the summer off together? Bliss.
Here are a few examples of the upside. We can:
1. Ride our bikes together.
2. Take our time reading the Times.
3. Go to all the movies, from the silly to the sublime.
4. Clean out the garage (okay, does this count as a joy?)
5. Help the kids, and it turns out that they need some help this summer.
6. Plan the garden we’ve been talking about.
7. Buy the bushes and flowers for the garden we’ve been talking about.
8. Plant the garden we’ve been talking about.
9. Weed the garden we’ve been talking about.
10. Wonder what is the problem with the garden we’ve been talking about.
11. Plan next year’s garden.
12. Go to the outdoor market on Monday and buy the things we haven’t been able to grow.
13. Talk to the neighbors.
14. Go on Day-cations, Stay-cations, and have Alter-cations.
15. Sit around on the beach and get burned.
16. Catch up on all those books in our pile.
17. Plan real vacations for when we have money again.
18. Reorganize the kitchen.
19. Finish (mostly) decorating the house.
20. Have lots of time to talk.
21. Oh yeah… that one you’ve been thinking about. A lot of that, too. Oh yeah!
Here’s the only downside to unemployment:
1. No money coming in right now.
All in all, not a bad tradeoff.