Friday, March 12, 2010

Choices

About 20 years ago I was working at a grocery store and had just graduated from high school.  The store was right next to the school, so many of my co-workers were also classmates.  This particular day was slow, so some of us got to talking, discussing life after high school.

A few of us were headed to college, while others had different plans for their careers.  There was one who stood out, though.  She excitedly mentioned that she had just received a $5,000 graduation gift from her grandmother.  All of us were happy for her and I (silly me) asked if she was going to use that money to pay for college.

"Nah, I'm not going to college.  I don't have time for that. I'll just work here for a while and then see what happens.  I used the money to buy new tires for my car and a great stereo system."

I think about that conversation a lot.  I don't remember her name, and this many years later, who she was is a distant, blurry memory.  That conversation, however, has stayed with me. 

By now, I imagine the car is long gone, along with its tires and radio.  I wonder how she made out.

1 comment:

Did it MY way said...

Some people take longer to grow up. Some people are very happy making low wages, and just getting by. To each his own.

See Ya.