Do we know how to party, or what?!!!!
Yes, folks. The recession is ending! Recovery is beginning!!! At least it is if you listen to the pundits.
But here in this household, the recession ain’t over. Not by a long shot.
Husband started getting nervous last week, when the powers at be suddenly had a flurry of closed-door meetings. Layoffs are out of the question – his company is already down to the bare bones after last year’s layoffs. It had to be a pay cut coming. ANOTHER pay cut.
You may remember – he aready got one at the beginning of the year- about 7.5%. We made some adjustments, and we’ve been okay. I’m still doing a little bit of work for a friend – enough so that we can have a few luxuries.
Now we all know that Husband is a bit reactionary. Some might say over-reactionary. But not in this case. The boss scheduled meetings with all of the account executives for today – and the writing was on the wall. More pay cuts were definitely coming. The only question now – how much?
So today I’ve waited as patiently as I could for the call. He did finally call, completely irate, to tell me that one of the account executives got a 15% cut. He vowed to quit before working for that little, and I can understand how he feels.
But with a family and a case of diabetes, Husband doesn’t have the luxury of telling them exactly what he thinks and walking out the door. He just doesn’t. He wants to look for a new job, fine. But he cannot quit before he finds another one. And those are nearly impossible to find in our lovely little recession recovery.
That, of course, was not what he wanted to hear from me. But honestly, what else could I say? If he gets that big of a pay cut then we’ll start a full court press for a new job, wherever it may be – Florida, Georgia, North Carolina… And I’ll look for a job, too. I’d have to. The end of being a stay-at-home Mom, a job I cherish.
But Husband needs to keep that job until he gets another, or they close their doors. Lousy pay is better than no pay. No matter how good it would feel to give them a piece of his mind, he can’t…
For us it wasn’t as bad as we feared – “only” another 5% cut. And reassurance that his job is not in jeopardy. He will be there as long as he wants to be – or until they close the doors (which despite the pay cuts does not seem likely).
So, we will tighten our belts a little further. Looks like the end of my pedicures, and the new printer I need will have to wait. I am going to see about picking up some work, and perhaps monetize one of my other blogs.
And we’ll wait for things to get better. Just like you.