And I loved getting money as my pocket money definitely didn't keep pace with the CPI.
I was trying to remember but I think I have worked ever since then. In high school I worked in the bakery in the day, at an Italian restaurant in the evening and babysitting in all my free time- phew!
I worked until I was 8 months pregnant with Meg- then we moved prefecture.
I only worked one morning a week until Amy was two but you know- looking after a two year old and a baby was pretty full time work as far as I'm concerned!
This last week I had a taste of not working.
The English school I work at had a week's break. Well, there were two national holidays so it was really only three days off but still...
Three days home with no kids and no husband (everyone else was life as normal). I was all excited.
And you know it wasn't quite what I expected.
And so.... in answer to all my wondering of what life would be like if I didn't work:
I would be the size of a house- there is just so much more time for drinking coffee when you are at home. And coffee goes so well with bikkies, or cake, or toast and jam...
The house would be a lot less cluttered- it is so much easier to sort out and throw out stuff without three hoarders at my elbow saying 'nooooo! don't throw out that 5 year old half missing broken toy- we neeeed it!'
The house wouldn't be that much cleaner- I always tell myself that the reason I don't vacuum every day is because I'm too busy. It's a lie.
The garden would look fabulous!-usually I just pull out some weeds on my way to somewhere else and try to avoid looking at the rest of it too hard. With all that free time I pulled up every weed everywhere. I also tidied and raked and burnt off and even planted the Autumn veggies on schedule. Seriously, the garden would rock if I didn't work.
I would be a hermit- hmmm the downside of lots of time in the garden is a lot, lot less time talking to people. Even if most of my students are pre-schoolers they're still (mostly) verbal. The same can't be said for onions and cabbages. I think I need human interaction to keep sane!
My English would rock- I'd be dropping words like Qat and Qi and Vint and Iritis and Heid in conversation. I discovered online scrabble and I'm hooked!
I'd be looking for a job- for all the fun I had in the garden I really missed working during my week off and am glad to be back again!