I have never counted myself or my family as poor. We certainly aren’t rich, but growing up my sister and I have always had enough to eat, lived in the same house, and wore nice clothes to school. What else was there to understand?
Well….see what happened was I discussing travel plans with this coworker and I mentioned how I had often stayed at Days Inn or Motel 6. It had never occurred to me that this would be seen as abnormal. Well, this man gave me a look like I might have expected it I had grown an additional head.
The conversation came up because someone else was warning me against staying in hostels while abroad. I personally didn’t understand that because one, the hostels are cheaper, two I’m travelling with a group large enough that we will take up an entire room ourselves and three, its not like people are allowed to bring crazy weapons in or anything.
Right, so we had been discussing hostels and I pointed out that I didn’t see how they’d be much different than one of the places we’d stayed and that I imagine some were probably better. Well, I looked at the guy giving me the crazy look for a minute or two before finally asking: Where does your family normally stay when traveling?
The answer? Mariott, Double Tree, or Radisson.
Can you say expensive? Those places are great but who can really afford that?! They are beautiful and nice and I would love to treat myself and stay at one eventually. An entire family though? No way.
I calmly tried to defend myself by asking if they had a lot of money. Their response was no, just upper middle class. That sounds like a lot of money to me. Besides that, he said he’d never stay in a Motel 6. Thanks, way to make me feel like dirt. So, lesson here to all of my friends, be cautious how you are coming off because you might make yourself sound really bourgeoisie. And, you likely wouldn’t be invited to my lower middle class barbecue that has the best food you’ll ever taste, because I’d be afraid you’d never set foot in my lower middle class house.