I went to Jersey to spend a day with Kate on Saturday. She needed some art supplies, some cleaning supplies and some food that didn't come from the dining hall or a microwave. It can be a long day, driving there, shopping and then driving home. I decided to stay the night. There is a hotel in Parsippany that has become our favorite. It is elaborate on the outside and tastefully elegant on the inside. The weekend rates are outrageously low because their big money comes from corporate clients during the week.
Kate posted a picture of our room on Facebook.
Her friends from college responded that she was a rich white girl.
Hmmmm... if they only knew that we:
1) live in a semi-detached house with a 37 x 100 foot yard
2) have no television cable
3) only buy used cars
4) usually camp when we vacation
5) rarely go out to eat
6) have only calling and texting on our phones - no internet - no smartphones
7) eat store brand foods most of the time
8) we rarely spend full price on any of our purchases, waiting for sales
9) think a perfect Friday night is going for a walk in a heavy snowstorm with our dogs
How does that make her a rich white girl?
We make choices about when and where we want to spend our money.
Would she and I have slept as well in a cheaper hotel? Maybe, but maybe not.
The bed was perfect.
The room was immaculate.
The service was extraordinary.
We had no worries...we could simply enjoy our time together. That, my friends, is priceless... money cannot buy that.