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Is Fiction True?

November 2nd, 2010 at 10:51 am

I just started a fictional book on how a gal who lives in "Bedford" and was a member of high society (read snooty society) was suddenly thrown in a tailspin when her husband was arrested by the FBI for fraud. I haven't gotten to the part where she recovers, but it is interesting to read the author's take on how the once friendly folks she did things with no longer associate with her because she's poor and not deemed worthy of being a part of "their society."

Not being rich or snotty, I wonder if this is realistic fiction. I assume the author is portraying societal norms of a few.

So, while I plan on finishing this book, I did mention to my husband it made me realize I'm glad I don't feel the peer pressure to have to depend on my relationships being based on money and stature in society. My friends are not superficial based on the size of house, money in the bank, and how much volunteering I do.

As we begin November here in America, I'm trying to figure out ways to be grateful for all I have as Thanksgiving approaches. So today I would say I'm grateful that I'm not rich because I don't have to be ashamed of working. Although we all wish we were wealthy, I think it can often bring problems we don't imagine. Realizing satisfaction with what we have is far more comfortable that trying to keep up with wealthy.

For what are you grateful?

5 Responses to “Is Fiction True?”

  1. momcents Says:

    First and foremost, healthy and happy kids and a great husband. I'd be nothing without these.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I am grateful for my wonderful husband and two sweet puppy dogs who give me so much love.

  3. retire@50 Says:

    The only one who has ever made a comment about how I live is my sister. When I had a two bedroom townhouse and was paying $275 a month on my mortgage, and I got a raise, she made the comment that I could finally move up and live in a nicer place. I was in a good/safe neighborhood and had plenty of room. I asked why I should move and she said it was because my place wasn't good enough. Made the same remark about my older, but still good functional car. She never has understood why I made the choices I did in spending. But she's very jealous now that I'm retired and don't have to worry about being laid off.

    She has a large house, new furniture, new car every few years, and lots of debt and lots of stress from work. I'll take my life over hers any day and not worry that I may not be meeting her standards Smile

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm very grateful for my family, our health, our relative wealth and this wonderful country that allows us so many freedoms!

  5. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Ill take rich in health, family and friends over financial wealth anyday! Thanks for a good reminder about that!!!

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