So this year I have been granted full time custody of my son, which is just heaven sent. Christmas is upon us and it is a beautiful time. I work full time and have no family in the state and as nobody where I work is allowed to have time off in December, I’ve had to hire a carer for 2 days post school break up. It would have been 3, except I juggled things around to work on Saturday to reduce the cost. The carer is costing me $150 a day and that is at a discount. The two days will cost me $300 and had I have had the fourth $450. Tony Abbott is apparently proposing a different kind of care systems, like more in home approved care etc. This only makes sense to me, as the rising cost of living is forcing people to work crazy hours and some weekends, not to mention those of us who chose to do it on our own. Normally speaking my grandma comes over to help during this gap in holiday programs staring up, but she has lupus and can’t make the journey from Tassie due to declining health. My step dad also has cancer, so mum coming over was also out of the question, as he will spend Christmas in hospital having an operation and recovery time. It’s such a special time of year and with a little forward planning it can minimise the stress. I marvel at the crabbiness of some people at this time of year and they blame it on the Christmas period and the “stress” of it as a cop out. News flash – this is exactly the time of year when we should wake up and count our blessings and be grateful for each and every day. I hate hearing people whine about this time of year.
Posted anonymously, 22nd December 2014