Re: What is rich?
Our washer and dryer broke unexpectedly about a month ago. They were still limping along, with a few annoying new traits that meant we had to literally babysit them during the entire wash and dry cycle to help things along. In previous times of our lives, we would just resign ourselves to "well, I guess this is our life now", knowing it would be many months until we could figure out a way to finance a new set to replace them. Especially right before Christmas when we'd already spent all available funds on gifts for our kids.
I was already mentally planning out how the heck we were going to handle the new time commitment our laundry was going to take each week, since we had to be home when the washer and dryer were going and had to be watching it the whole time.
Unlike previous times, the same day they broke we were able to go online and order replacements (that we actually chose because we *liked* them, not because they were the cheapest thing available). Within two days the replacements were installed and old ones removed. Didn't even make a dent in our weekly laundry schedule.
I am still astonished at how easy that was. The fact that we could afford to do that, fix a problem so quickly and effortlessly - I feel like a rich person for sure! In fact, I remember looking at the new washer and dryer and thinking "omg, is this what it feels like to be rich?"
On paper we are solidly middle class. But I am happy at this level. Feeling rich is just as good.
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