Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Apple Didn't Fall Far...

A typical conversation from a typical evening at home:

"Awww..." I said, "I don't wanna work."

Mom: "Me neither."

Me: "I should just quit my job.  I'll be an artist."

Mom: "You've tried that before."

Me: "Yeah, but I always had to get a job, so I have never been a full time artist.  I always want to 'eat' and 'pay rent'.  I should just be homeless.  Less stressful."

Mom: "You know we would never let you be homeless."

Me: "Yeah, but you would be mad at me."

Mom: "Maybe you should just find a rich man to take care of you."

Me: "Mom, I already HAVE a man."

Boyfriend (From the other room where Boyfriend and Dad are playing cards): "Wait, what?"

Me (walking in to the other room): "Mom says I should find a rich husband, but I told her I already had a man."

Boyfriend: "Huh."

Dad: "Well, we're rich in the things that matter."

Me:  "So I can quit my job?"

Dad (chuckling evilly): "As long as you don't mind eating the 'things that matter'."

I guess this means I will be going to work tomorrow.

15 comments:

hoodyhoo said...

dammit, I also enjoy "eating" and "paying rent." Guess I'll save that can of gasoline for later...

thoughtsappear said...

I'm at work, too. =( I feel your pain.

Tim said...

It's a trap. Art requires suffering. If you didn't have to work, but you still got to eat, you wouldn't suffer enough for your art to matter. Sounds like you're on the right track to becoming a very successful artist, right now, though.

Leauxra said...

hoodyhoo: I was thinking about the times I was really poor... I was always hungry, but DAMN I was skinny.

thoughtsappear: Seriously. Even candy can't fix this today.

Tim: What's funny is that at a certain level of starving, you don't want to paint either. You want to EAT the paint.

Angie said...

I'm with ya girl! I want to be a full time paid author that gets to eat AND have the things that matter. Why do things have to be so complicated!?

Leauxra said...

Angie: I'm glad I'm not the only one. I have spent the morning thing about the "things that matter", and I realized that love and friendship and companionship are really fattening. Shouldn't be eaten.

Jen said...

I know. As long as my short people keep DEMANDING things like food and shelter it's off to work I go. Until Nathan Fillion and I get married. Then I fully intend to be a 'kept' woman.

Leauxra said...

Jen: No kidding, right? Why didn't I ever think about becoming a kept woman? I really missed the boat, here...

mistyslaws said...

Just once I would like to be rich in the things that DON'T matter. Just once.

PudMonkey said...

Things that matter can be quite tasty, as a matter of fact. Not all that nutritious, but definitely tasty. :)

Juliette said...

Just keep buying lottery tickets and live in hope.

Paula said...

I have similar conversations with my husband on a weekly basis and I find myself going back to work every Monday. I am hoping to find a sack of cash along the street one day, but so far no luck...

wagthedad said...

I have these conversations with my wife, who's a lawyer who earns squat, about how she needs to go out and get a lawyerly job so that I can finally quit and write my novel and she just looks at me like I'm a jackass.

mistyslaws said...

Wag - you sound exactly like the hubs. He also gets the same look. :p

Leauxra said...

mistylaws: I agree. I know money doesn't buy happiness, but I'd like to try it out anyway, if you don't mind, thankyouverymuch.

Juliette: I will neither confirm nor deny the purchasing of lottery tickets.

Paula: Yeah, that's tough. I keep wondering why I am not a money grubbing woman who lives off her man. I know so many guys this happens to, it can't be THAT hard...

wagthedad:Yeah, good luck with that one. But you can always hope...