Today, as I put my resume through it's scrillionth reincarnation and prepared to pavement pound with the best of them, Sparta and I got to chatting about our budget, which of course, has been tightened significantly since I lost my job.
In fact, Sparta described us as "have-nots."
I thought he must be kidding, but he insisted that our existence of living from pay cheque to pay cheque puts us squarely in that demographic.
I beg to differ.
I offered to take him for a walk and point out a few of the "have-nots" living on the streets of our fair city.
He reminded me of a recent visit with some extremely wealthy acquaintances of mine and their jet-setting ways.
It's true we don't have the cash on hand to purchase a couple of vineyards and a mid-sized island at any given time. We don't have a six bedroom house in Florida and one twice the size here. We don't have drivers or personal assistants or catered soirees.
And sure, I would be more comfortable to be in a position to start bulking up my savings, but I don't doubt for a second that we're very, very priviledged.
We live in a peaceful country where treating our health problems doesn't mean going into excessive debt.
We have a(n adorable) place to sleep at night, we have food (and wine!) and an amazing support network who would certainly never allow us to go without.
The things we don't have? We don't need.