Part 3: Love dont pay the bills
“Fuck!”, I yelled out, not ready to get out of bed. I closed my eyes and tried to squeeze out the last couple of seconds of my dream. But then I thought- wait why am I dreaming about this man?
It was Saturday and I was off. Based on my dream some quality time with James was well needed.
“Hey baby you’re up”, James said walking in the room with breakfast. I smiled and sat up. “Thanks babe you always get me together”, I said grabbing the plate from him.
“You must’ve slept good, you were talking in your sleep, whose Deandre?”, he asked.
I almost choked on my food. “I must be working too much…..had a dream about being at work he’s my trainer”, I said noting how easy it was to lie. “I was thinking maybe we could have a date night tonight? I’ve been so busy with work we haven’t had any time together”, I said stuffing my face with food trying to change the subject. “We should have some leftover grocery money right?.
“Oh naw, I had some pizza delivered the other day”, he said.
“You aren’t working right now and we’re on a tight budget. Instead of fixing yourself something to eat out of the groceries we just bought you spend $30 on pizza? Are you serious right now?” I asked looking dumbfounded.
“I’m sorry I really didn’t think about it” he replied.
“Yeah seems like you dont think about a lot”, I mumbled angrily. “You’re 30 years old you shouldn’t be making such juvenile financial decisions.
“Look, Rhea, I’m not trying to argue its hard enough for me being a man and having to depend on you since my ankles been broke so chill the fuck out”.
“How can I chill when I’m working to pay bills and take care of us meanwhile you’re throwing money away! How does that even make sense” I yelled back!
“Look things are bad right now but they will get better’ he said a little softer. “Just trust me, baby I got us”, he said hugging me. I sighed and hugged him back. “Tough times don’t last but tough people do right?”, he asked.
“Right” I responded with a fake smile. A part of me felt like I owed him because I wouldn’t have survived my last semester of undergrad if he wasn’t helping me. “I’m sorry baby, you know where I come from and I don’t want to go back. My parents had terrible credit and were living paycheck to paycheck I refuse to live that way” I said passionately.
“And we won’t baby I promise you that” he said kissing my forehead.
“Yeah I hope so” I said unbelievingly.
To be continued…….
- Have you ever been the sole breadwinner in your relationship? Did that put a strain on you?
- How important is financial stability and security to you? And how important must it be to your mate?
- Is it harder to manage your money as a couple than it was when you were single?
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