Older People

I think one of the ways I am going to make money is from older people.  I also think that they don’t always need physical help as much as emotional help.  I don’t mean that in a nasty way at all.  I think everyone knows that a lot of older people are lonely.  They try to think of clever things to say to keep you talking longer because they Don’t. Want. You. To. Leave.

There are currently three older people in the last week that have hired me for short periods this way.  Two I have known for over a year.  One I just met a couple of months ago.  Thing is, I have always enjoyed the company of people older than myself so to get paid for hanging out doing lite work for them is no great sacrifice EXCEPT…

One of the people (a man) I am going to help is kind of a drinker and says inappropriate things sometimes.  I might have to charge him extra.  I am going to start “working” for him today.  I made sure his wife is aware of the situation.  They are actually wealthy and I don’t want her to think for a minute that I’m trying to steal her husband away.  She’s wife number 3!  No amount of money could make me want to share my bed with an Alkie.  I love them from afar!

So the hardest part of working for these folks will be tearing myself away and not feeling guilty.  They have a way of making me feel guilty.  Still, I imagine sometimes their problems are of their own making.  To a great extent we create our world…especially our relationships.  I must remember this for myself because when I am old, I’m probably not going to be able to afford to pay people to visit me.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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6 Responses to Older People

  1. Ryu says:

    Yes! I know many old people just like that. America doesn’t have much use for those who don’t work anymore except as consumers. In the gym, they go in order to talk.

    • Me says:

      Yes. They have the same problem many homeless people have. They are perceived as not being useful because they supposedly aren’t contributing and also because they don’t usually buy as much crap.

  2. geezer says:

    Then , the thing is to find something they can be valued at.
    Volunteerism is a popular thing , not all things require strength of body

    • Me says:

      Well, that’s up to them. I feel like if the world was the way it was supposed to be, extended families would like together or at least close together and there would be many things an older person would be called upon to do. Voluteerism is a poor substitute for supporting and being supported by your actual family.

      • Patti says:

        I agree, I have a three generation home and it works.
        My family is myself and my husband, our 19 year old and my mom who is 71. We all have jobs and chores and we work together to keep the home and the pets running.
        When one of us is under the weather, there are others to pick up the slack.
        We see the other side, too. My mom has a much older friend she has to look after sometimes, as her daughter has cancer and often can’t be available when she has a need.

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