My Parents and THEIR money.
I've never been lucky enough to go anywhere out of Europe save China once. I envy my parents for a different life lived than mine, where you can extend the house or garden, buy a hot tub, 42" plasma TV or a sports car. I am very lucky to be financially secure, but I am a world away from their lifestyle, I hope one day I'll share it and make better use of it, my parents deserve it as they work very hard but I know I'll use it wisely. I remember when I first came to Bristol and stayed at Dwyns the first few times I helped out in the kitchen or washed up Papa Fernandez would say "You are not used to this?" and I wouldn't be able to comprehend as of course I'm used to housework not knowing he had staff do it when younger "Time to take the silver spoon out of your mouth eh?" he joked. I was dumbfounded lol, he suspected I even had my own Horse and I would be some kind of "Senorito" I was a little offended but I understand the differences between class and status here than of the Phils, Dwyns folks told me if they moved to the Phils they'd be like Super Rich Status. I shook my head hoping he'd never tell my folks that, they're uncomfortable having their own chauffeur in India let alone a house staff etc.
My parents are grounded and careful with their money.. But jesus I get jealous sometimes hehe. In the months to come it was reassuring to here Papa tell me "You're not at all how I thought someone like you should be" and that made me glad. Glad that no matter how I'm percieved in UK terms I'm not even High Class.. middle if anything. But to Papa F, I was heir to the moolah, something that made us both learn a lesson that not everything is as it seems, we learned cultural values form each other that has striven to ensure all of us keep a healthy and more importantly happy family existence. Nowadays I'm told "Daz your turn to do the dishes, we cooked." And Dwyn and I get to work, just like its become a normality, my shit stinks like everyone elses and thats how I prefer it. Dwyns never seen me anything more than all I am, I think thats why I'm so lucky, just to have at least one person know who you are without false pretences or stereotypical first impressions, and for that I'm very grateful.