Recent conversation with an OMG about another. No friendship was going to happen, and the reason was stated with typical Old Money candor:
“So you met him?”
“What did you think?”
“I don’t get the impression he does anything.”
“I think he’s just clipping coupons right now.”
“Yeah, and I don’t like that. We can all do that, but we don’t do that. Lack of character. Lack of duty. Not to mention the example it sets for the kids.”
“I thought you two would hit it off. Sorry.”
“No, not a big deal. We have a lot in common, but there’s something missing with the guy. It’s a flaw, is all I can say. And frankly, I don’t want to be around when idle time hatches some bad behavior. And it’s only a matter of time with him, or anybody. And what do you have to talk about if you’re not working? Another drink?”
“Sure. (long pause) You know I’m working, right?”
(Laughter.) “You’re a writer. We’re never sure about you guys.” (More laughter.)
6 thoughts on “An Old Money Conversation”
There is a reason sloth is cataloged among the seven deadly sins. I cannot count the times my grandmother firmly told me to find something to do. As she frequently reminded me, idle hands are the devils tools.
Sloth! It is deadly. Thanks, Janet. Hope you’re well. – BGT
Mr. Tully, you have a wickedly delicious sense of humor! Thanks for the dry, intelligent laughs!
Thank you, Mrs. Hutchinson. I must share some of the credit to the incredible cast of characters I encounter on a regular basis. Glad you enjoy…. – BGT
Well… at least he thrifty…clipping coupons and all.
LOL, I misread it the first time. I read it as living off coupons as in old style physical bond certificates.