But I think it’s true, though. People don’t like to hear it, but life IS harder if you have kids to support. True, Becky works hard and Darlene definitely SHOULD have taken the casino job to at least have some money and benefits rolling in rather than holding out for something in her field. I’m glad she did take it even though I can understand why doing so would feel like giving up on her writing career, though.
As for Darlene’s life being harder, I think it’s a legit point. She has to think about more than herself. She has to make enough money to support 3 people.
I mean, just as an example.....I’m single and in my mid-thirties and have no kids. I have a STEM degree and after a LOT of putting in my time being a temp worker in labs with crap pay and zero benefits, I’ve been in a stable, permanent position for the last 7 years and finally make enough money to pay all of my bills, live in an apartment in a neighborhood that I love, and have some expendable income. Even though I worked really hard to get where I am, I know how lucky I am.
But.....if I had kids during any of that time where I was a temp, it would have been even more worrisome than it already was to have a job without benefits and to make as little as I was making. If I had kids to support, there’s no way I could have responsibly spent that time working my way up. Not without some sort of help, anyway.
Heck, even now that I make about $60K a year + benefits, in my area of the US, there’s no way I could afford to support 2 kids on my own. Single me does pretty well....single me trying to support me AND 2 kids on what I make right now would have us all destitute.
So, even if nobody wants to hear it, I really do think Darlene had a fair point. She has more people to support, and in an economically depressed environment, her life is going to be harder than Becky’s. More worries, more sacrifice, etc.
Just my opinion, of course. :)