When the little girl saw the lifestyle that her great-grandparents live and how much they earned in their young days, it didn’t add up in her head.
Kids, despite being young in age, sometimes ask the most important questions out of sheer curiosity. And that’s what a 6-year-old did. When she saw the lifestyle that her great-grandparents were living and how much they earned in their young days, it didn’t add up in her head. Her mother shared a post on Reddit to talk about what exactly happened. “My grandparents, my daughter's great-grandparents, are both 80. They live on a lake in MN, have a boat, a jet ski, 4 bedrooms, a truck, and a car both less than 10 years old,” read the woman's note.
She continued, “She (the daughter) asked me, ‘What did great grandma and great grandpa do for jobs when they were younger?’ I responded, ‘Great grandpa worked for the state, mostly maintaining stop lights. Great-grandma was a secretary at a college.’ Her response was to go super quiet for half a minute.” And her next question shocked the woman. She asked if one can get rich by doing these jobs. “This kid is 6! She already realizes something isn't adding up. If my husband had the same exact job that he has now, but set in the 1970s, we would be absolutely rolling in money,” shared the Reddit user.
Then she went on to compare it with the sort of lifestyle that they have as a family. She wrote, “Instead, we both have to work full-time to afford a three-bedroom tract house (that we are super thankful for), and we've never had a real vacation. Trips, yes, we can afford one overnight in a hotel so we don't go very far. I also cannot imagine a world where any of our friends would be able to afford a third child. They all have zero, one, or two, and it all comes down to money. The system is messed up.”
According to a 2020 report, most of the increase in household income was attained between 1970 to 2000. From 2000 to 2018, the growth in household income declined to an annual average of about 0.3%. Moreover, if the incomes had continued to go up in this period at the same rate as from 1970 to 2000, the current median household income should have been $87000 much higher than the $74,600. The reduction is mainly said due to the two recessions since 2000. The first happened between March 2001 to November 2001 and the second due to the 2007’s Great Recession. The post has more than 37k upvotes on Reddit and it is captioned, “My daughter can't fathom her great-grandparents' lifestyle.”
Many people could resonate with what the mother shared. u/mits66 commented, “My mother once mentioned she went through law school for $1,500 a year and I told her I didn't want her to tell me that ever again.” u/TheRockWitch wrote, “Sometimes I think my dad thinks I am lying about how much I work. Like I must be calling out and have multiple days off because of how little I have to show for my 40 hour work week.” u/Unique_Engineering_3 said, “The Boomers grew up and worked in the greatest economic expansion in the history of the world. Their success has a lot to do with where they were born and when they were born. That's fine... What sucks is how they voted and have done everything to pass the costs on to their kids and grandkids, shut the door behind them, and then call everyone else lazy.”