Living with one foot in a rich person’s world is strange.
There are your usual posh folks of course but there are also a fair amount that are common as muck.
And for many of them, it’s all about keeping up with the Joneses and trying to climb the greasy social ladder.
It’s an interesting situation to be in; living on a boarding school campus.
Luckily, as a family, we’ve also met some like-minded people too, otherwise it would be a particularly isolating experience.
The Mortgage Alternative
We don’t have a mortgage because we don’t own a house any more.
We still have a mortgage alternative though which is putting the kids through an independent school education.
My wife is on call 24-7 in her work in senior management but we do at least get some discount.
It costs an arm and a leg but it’s worth it so the kids don’t have to go through the Scottish education system.
I hope one day we’ll be able to buy a house of our own again; south of the border though.
Circumstances as they are mean we’re now unlikely to leave Scotland behind any time soon.
That’s of course if the SNP behave themselves!
It’s Going To Get Expensive
Paying for a private education is expensive enough but then there’s all the extras too.
Uniform, sports kit, activities, trips and private speech therapy all add up.
And things will only get more expensive as the kids progress through the school.
The thing I’m least looking forward to is when either of my kids come home and say they want to go on a skiing trip or on the rugby or hockey tour.
At that point I think I’ll be maxing out on the credit cards and having palpitations.
The trouble is I also wouldn’t want to hold them back from doing what they want to do.
But I’m not interested in keeping up with the Joneses who like to “summer” in Spain, France or Italy.
Who even uses Summer as a verb?
There seems to be an annual competition of who can go abroad for the longest time during the school holidays.
Climbing The Social Ladder Isn’t For Me
When you have both feet in a rich person’s world climbing the social ladder is a favoured pastime.
Observing it from a distance, I can see how vulgar it can be.
Especially when there are so many more important things going on in the world.
I couldn’t care less about hobnobbing or dinner parties à la Hyacinth Bucket.
The bling on display in the playground can be alarming sometimes!
And I’m glad we only inhabit that world on a superficial level because I don’t find it pleasant.
When your whole life is about keeping up with the Joneses it must be a dull and unfulfilling existence.
Are You Partial To Keeping Up With The Joneses?
Have you ever experienced living in a superficial world similar to us?
Was or is it because of your employment?
Did you or do you try to keep up with the Joneses or steer well clear?
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.