Would You Rather Make More Money Or Be With Family?
June 21, 2007
I met a lady last night that answered this question the hard way. She came to the US from Honduras three years ago, leaving behind her family in search of a better paying job. Now she’s decided the extra pay is not worth being separated from her kids and parents and is counting down the days until she can return home to her family.
Hard Working Woman
Adela spends 10 AM – 3 PM at a local restaurant then works 3 PM – Midnight cleaning our office building. As I worked late last night she commented on a picture of my son when she stopped by my desk to empty the trash. Despite her broken English and my ignorance of Spanish we managed to use Google Maps, Babelfish translation, and a whiteboard to communicate.
She works two jobs and is saving up money for her family. She has a two-year old son here in the States with her but left a son and daughter with her parents in Honduras that she sends money to.
Family Over Money
She talks to her kids back home twice a month, every other Monday. Although she is providing more money for them than she could back home, she misses them dearly. She’s decided the extra money isn’t worth being separated from family and will return home when she has a chance.
Balancing Blessings & Ambitions
Hearing her story made me a little embarrassed to be complaining about not having enough family time. My job might not be the most enjoyable and might keep me long hours but at least I only have one job to worry about and my family lives in the same country and the same city.
Of course this makes me wonder if I’m being unappreciative of what I do have. I guess I could just be thankful for my blessings and not push so hard for changes in my life. It is hard, for me at least, to find a balance between enjoying what I have and working hard for what I want. I’m glad I met Adela, she reminds me to slow down and appreciate the things in my life but to also not be afraid to venture out and attempt to improve it.
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