Monday, April 01, 2013

The Help

On April Fool's day, I wrote over at A Life Overseas ...  Read it here.

I don’t have any desire to be filthy rich. I don’t yearn for flashy cars or fancy vacations. I don’t want or need everyone to have the same income level. That is not it at all. It has occurred to me that even if I could pay Geronne a U.S. salary, I’d still find the whole arrangement a bit unsettling.

As I’ve come to love Geronne I’ve realized that she doesn’t necessarily want what I have either. She is not silently seething about anything I have while she switches the fourth laundry load of the day. She would like her daughter to be educated, her simple country home to be built. When she gets ill she would like to have the cash flow to go visit a competent doctor.  In her culture, gainful employment means a ton of pressure to share the money she makes with many others. Given the choice, she would probably prefer a lot less of that pressure.