A middle upper class Chinese family is standing behind me at the subway line. How do I know what class of family they are? For one thing, they are communicating with each other in English. And Mom is asking her children to choose either to do more shopping or “lounge around” at home. They are planning a dinner tonight, and the daughter suggests not too softly that her mom should consider inviting “everyone” to the dinner. Then they laugh together like they are on the set of a family sitcom.
Such family bliss, is it only achievable for mid-upper crust of the society, who live on a single income of a bread winning dad, and mom can concentrate on raising her kids well? I guess when a family don’t have bills and debts to worry about, they can be pretty at ease in just keeping the house in order.
I know I am functioning on the logic of a flawed reductionist, but from personal observation, many of my friends from well to do family doesn’t seem to be affected by the current gloomy economic climate of this land. They fuss about social gatherings with other “stable families” ala church cell meetings, what mom has planned for dinners (which the maid is going to cook) and weekend family (shopping mall strolling) time. And here we are on the platform of life, with our sleepy eyes, watching the train carry the happy rich away, leaving us looking on.