I mentioned in my post ‘My Dad Who Taught Me Plenty’ that my dad was materialistic; he had the nice home, nice cars, nice cloths and nice jewelry. Growing up, I never felt rich, but I think we were compared to the average family back in the 1960s and 1970s. The house I grew up in was 4000 square feet and with this nice house my dad drove Cadillacs and Lincoln Continentals and he also had a Jaguar. I remember a few times my dad dropping me off at school in this Jaguar and the other students taking notice of my arrival. Did I feel special? Not really, but I guess I was living in a rich man’s world!
I started working at a very young age, around 10 years old in my father’s business. You can read more about this in my post ‘Thoughts From Years Past.5’. Starting to work at this young age and making money, I had no idea what to do with it or what to buy. I had a small box similar to a jewelry box with a clamp and when I received my paychecks they would be cashed and I would store the money in my box hidden in my bedroom closet. This process took place for about 5 years. Turning 15 I was able to receive my driver’s license and decided to buy a car. This was 1975 and per www.autonews.com the average car price was $4,900.
My dad being a well-known businessman in our city took me to the bank to cosign on a loan, as I could start building my credit. I also needed to open my first checking account so I took the money from my hidden box and took it to the bank for deposit. My dad was impressed and at awe to find that the money I earned and never spent totaled over $4,000. WOW – I did not realize I had this much money, I was living in a rich man’s world!
So the story moves on with my dad looking at cars and bringing them to me for my opinion – I do not remember why I did not actually go view the cars myself. Anyway, the car that ultimately became mine was a 1975 Camaro – shinny and new – with a spoiler and it made a statement. Life is different today than back in the 1970s; when I drove to school in the 9th grade in this car – I was living in a rich man’s world!
Since those days my tastes have changed and my current vehicle, a truck that I have had for 6 years now is the first vehicle that has had power windows and locks. I do not need a nice house (even though I have one), I do not need nice cars, nice cloths and nice jewelry. I am happy with my truck that is 6 years old and my old jeans and tee shirts and I have no jewelry at all – and not living in a rich man’s world.