Black Friday

Is it really true George?
 … What they say about Black Friday … For instance … Everything I do from now until … Until when George? … That is the part I don’t get …
Anyway it seems that the results of my labours … My endeavours … My hard work … It is mine! All mine! I needn’t pay any taxes from now until whenever. Is that it?

Well George, I really don’t understand the whole concept.

Thick? No George. I simply don’t see how it can possibly make any difference to me. Here I am an elder artist and writer … One whose art and writings have no monetary value … Well if they did then I’d be making a living … Wouldn’t I George?  … As I was saying …

Can we get back to this George? I am busy at the moment … Trying to determine how I am going to spend my salary this month … Well I think you call it salary … Although to tell the truth George I am not sure … Is under $150 a week enough to consider a salary. Well George what I am talking about is my Elder Security check George.  

Well … Not exactly … No George I don’t know what it is called officially these days … Used to be called the Old Age Pension … Or am I getting that wrong … Well yes George I am happy to receive the check every month.  It is an affirmation that I did my time and now am able to lay back and enjoy the fruits of my labours.

Labour? Do you think George that being a housewife is not labour? 

Well yes … Labour of love … That too … 

I’m thinking about a vacuum this month George.  Well no not that one … It would take months of pension checks to pay for George. Yes George … I agree with you that I should be supporting by local business community by buying the more expensive vacuum cleaner from the local small business owner.  But look at it from the perspective of my not having any money to spend on anything else for the next several months.  

And don’t forget George! Christmas is less than a month away.  Well it is after all the short period of time that holds small local business together.  If they can make enough money  at Christmas then they are able to pay the banks the interest due on the money they have to borrow in order to stay in business for the rest of the years. 

The whole thing is a mystery to me too George.  I guess it is something best left to Economists and Accountants … Oh yes Bankers too … And yes George … Insurance Agents.

So you see George although I don’t really get this Black Friday thing and cannot really tender intelligent comments on the pros and cons of the financial world … There is one thing you must know for sure George.
I  am happy to report that I receive money  from the Canadian Government.  Yes George … Every month.

That little check might seem insignificant to you but it is mine and a lot more than I received during the years of being a stay-at-home mom when the family allowance didn’t cover the cost of … Well George let’s not talk about that right now.

Let’s just say I am appreciative. Yes … The check … That lovely little 500 $ plus a few dollars and a few cents  … Every month George … 

Yes … That lovely little greyish-brownish envelope … Is that what is meant  by a plain brown envelope George … With the  return address Matane Quebec, G4W 4N5

I love my little check from the Government of Canada. 


4 thoughts on “Black Friday

  1. Well George,
    The way I see things … Six months have gone by and I’ve received so little moral support …

    Well it would be nice to receive the odd good-luck note now annd again … Sigh …

    Yes yes George I am still receiving my little brown envelopes from the Government of Canada. And that pension money really has come in handy… Do you realize George … If I had not received that pension money I would not have had enough money to pay my property tax … And I could very well have lost my house and had to go and live in one of those buildings the developers are renovating … Some even older than my home and … Well that is another story …

    To tell the truth George … That cheque might not be big but it sure is appreciated. I wonder if Mr. Putin is as generous as our dear dear Mr. Harper.

    As for the moral support … Well George ole Buddy … At least I still have you.


  2. Lancelot says:

    Hi Maggie,
    Well apparently Black Friday refers to a policing adventure in the States following a thanksgiving Thursday in the 60’s and not the Black Friday in reference to retailers…

    Your CPP cheque is, sadly, your input as a stay at home/working mother..and income from other jobs.
    Your OAS (Old Age Security) is what every citizen of this country receives at age 65!
    Male or female! Same amount!



    • I was unaware of that Black Friday. I suppose the memory of that event has pretty well been wiped out by the modern trend of shopping as one of the last frontiers of human freedom … That is … For those of us who can still afford to support their local merchants and have not been reduced to scavenging online.


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