I remember stories about my gr mother. Everyone always teased her for being frugal. At a restaurant she would take extra napkins, bread and anything else that wasn’t nailed down or too big to fit in her purse. She was very street smart always micromanaging her family of eight one step above poverty. In later years when she had everything she needed without hustling, we would try to explain her behavior by stating that she was raised during the great depression. Everyone in my generation came to age during the great recession. It was on the tail end of the housing market bubble. People were approved for homes they couldn’t afford and then the banks took them out from under them when they couldn’t pay. People from my generation are referred to as the net-generation. We grew up with computers, video games, and cell phones. We were kids who grew up with everything and high hopes. As adults we struggle to provide for ourselves the same stand ard of living we were accustomed to. Our lives will be much different from those of our parents. Some of us are still even with our parents. It’s even harder for those of us with children. As a parent everyone wants the best for their child. The price of everything has gone up more than we may notice. I use to buy a French perfume that is no longer available by US distributors because the cost is too high. I guess you don’t notice things like as they happen. For me it was as if I woke up one day and realized the world was a much different place. My favorite book of the bible is Ecclesiastes the whole book is only 12 chapters but it’s a good read. It’s written by an unknown cynic. It’s a reflection of the pointlessness of consumerism, quest for knowledge. The book articulates the feelings of inadequacy in a quest for possessions, social position and privilege. It’s the perfect book to captivate the mindset of the world from the 1990’s through 2008 when the bubble burst. Whatever comes next and how the world changes I’m just happy to have my best friend and husband along for the ride.