My Family, the Proletariat

I have recently gotten into a spat with my mother. She wants me to work a job that I would really have huge apprehensions about working.

See, when you do the math correctly, the position comes down to less than minimum wage. This is work that not any random person can do. It involves numbers, Excel, computer competency, and in theory you need to be available 24/7 for any requests.

There must be a huge line for that position, right?

Well, not really. For some reason, they have a hard time filling the position.

However, my mom is upset that I’m not taking this wonderful opportunity.

Why?

I think it has to do with my family coming from a piss poor upbringing. One where opportunities are few and far between. A lot of my family had kids without establishing a career or education. The thought that I would even negotiate wage is repulsive to my mother.

They have a mindset that things are scarce. They might even think they are low worth.

I’m embarrassed.

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