[In this post, as in many others, in order to protect his innocence, Craig will be referred to as "Dr. Gooch".]
Dr. Gooch and I voted differently in the recent election. I chose my issues and he chose his. Though it may seem counter intuitive, this doesn't mean our views and the importance we place on certain issues differ very much. I felt Obama could best unite our nation and lead us into shallower waters. The sense of character I gleaned from his campaign was solid enough for me to shake a stick at. So, last Tuesday, I shook my stick on Barack's side of the ballot. Dr. Gooch felt that McCain was the lesser of two evils and would do the job (while not taxing us into the red). I can't answer for Dr. Gooch. But, now that all is said and done, I think we are all hanging our hats on hope.
Money is not all it's cracked up to be (speaking generally, here). It comes and goes like a non-committal boyfriend (and is just as disappointing when it is around too much). Dr. Gooch chose his career for many reasons and was already on that path when we married (so I was not involved in the decision stage of the process). The main reason was that it would allow him to spend the majority of his time with his family instead of "at the office". This was his priority (gratefully). We both agree you must choose your line of work based mainly, among many other factors, on what you will enjoy doing. Money will always ebb and flow. Sometimes there will be surplus. Sometimes you will eat one big pot of soup all week and maybe float a check or two with fingers crossed. Most times there will be just enough. That being said, the needs of the family must be met. Whether you are earning $50,000/year or $250,000. Money is not the whole issue. Cooperation is the issue--both globally (the us economy) and locally (a marriage).
Maybe I'm sounding like an idealist. Maybe my head is in the clouds. That's okay. Optimism has taken men to the moon and back and you can find fresh air in the clouds. We will be wise. We will make sure the needs of our family are met. We will keep our children clothed. We will keep nutritious food on the table. We will (hopefully) invest in a roof over our heads. We will spend money on time together as a family. We will pay our taxes and tithes. We will also, it seems, "share the wealth". In our family. In our faith. In our community.
"Blessed is he that considereth the poor".
Will said it well at HOPOLIOS. Worth a read through. I like how he points out that "property rights" is not a divine principle. As people of faith, we live by principles of sacrifice, charity, self-reliance, and even long-suffering. We don't live by "if I earned it, it's mine".
Obama will not save this country. We can only save ourselves from ourselves and that all starts once you open your front door and step inside. We will be asked, in these times, to cut back, make do, do without, and gradually drift back into a more frugal lifestyle. We will rediscover the value of sweat equity, when the familiar equity of our day is in turmoil.
What I think Obama will do is unite. Like Will mentioned, he has the wind at his back. Now, we can only hope that he will "effect real change...This will take incredible discipline, humility and willingness to cooperate. That's what we've seen during his campaign. I hope it's what we'll see in his presidency."
An aside: for those of you considering a career in Medicine, don't do it for the "glamour" and the "green" if you know what I mean. There is not much of either when all is said and done and weighed and considered. If you know what I mean. To quote Dr. Gooch, do it "if you LOVE science, if you LOVE the human body,if you LOVE the idea of curing the diseased and caring for the injured."
Now "two cents" from Avery and me. We've decided that we like g-diapers. We have recently and temporarily switched back to disposables while her poop is still in the mustard-yellow runny stage. The nature of a breastfed infant's bowel movements is that they are very frequent. I was having to wash the g-diaper liners and outer cloth covering nearly every change. I would suggest a move to cloth diapers (since you are doing the washing anyway) or disposables until the poop firms up a bit. Please don't judge me. I'll say it again as I've said it before, we do the best with what we've got.
This has been my .04--not an invitation for debate (heaven knows we've had quite enough of that)--just some loose change.