David and Sam had been friends since they were in the fifth grade, bonded by the fact that they had both lost a parent when they were young. However, their backgrounds couldn’t have been more different.
David’s dad worked 60-70 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment in a good school district, while Sam lived with his heart surgeon father in a 5000 square foot mansion with a pool and a private movie theater. Although David tried not to let it bother him, it was hard not to feel envious of Sam’s life of luxury, especially when his dad was struggling to make ends meet.
As they grew older, the differences between their lives became even more apparent. Sam had every advantage that money could buy, from private piano lessons to summer jobs in a university research lab.
An Affordable Plan
David, on the other hand, never had the opportunity to do extracurricular activities due to the cost. He knew that he would have to work part-time while completing his degree at a community college before transferring to a 4-year school. It wasn’t the ideal path, but it was the only one that he could afford.
They Always Had Each Other’s Backs
Despite the growing disparity between their lives, David and Sam remained close friends. They shared a love of music and sports, and they always had each other’s backs. That is, until last Sunday.
Sam invited David, along with 2 other friends, Amy and Elaine, to his house. They spent the afternoon exploring the mansion and lounging by the pool. As the day wore on, the conversation turned to college and future plans.
College Essay Topic
Amy asked Sam what he had written about in his college essay. Sam paused for a moment before responding that he had mainly written about the struggles he had faced growing up as the child of a single parent.
A Little Bit Privileged
David was stunned. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Here they were, hanging out in a multimillion dollar house with a pool in the backyard, a private movie theater upstairs, a grand piano in the living room, and two BMWs plus a Porsche in the garage. Meanwhile, David and his dad were struggling to make ends meet. It was too much to bear.
“Sam, really?” David said, his voice rising with anger. “Do you have any self-awareness at all? How can you even say that you struggled when you know how hard my dad and I have it?”
He Was So Angry
With that, David stormed out of the house, leaving Sam and their friends behind. He was too angry to even look back. As he walked away, he could feel his fists clenching and unclenching. He was furious with Sam for being so oblivious to his own privilege.
The Internet Responded
One person wrote, “you didn’t read his essay. You don’t know what he said or his struggles. Either way, it has nothing to do with you. Life isn’t a sum zero game – just because you struggled more doesn’t mean he didn’t struggle at all. His essay wasn’t about you, it had nothing to do with you.”
Another Internet Response
A second commenter posted, “No amount of money is gonna make up for not having his mother around. And no amount of money is gonna automatically mean he has a good relationship with his father or that his father was present for him. At the end of day the day OP has only witnessed an outsiders perspective of what his friend’s childhood was like based on his family’s finances.”
A Final Comment
This last person commented, “Makes me wonder how many people here would kill off a parent if it meant being rich, and then wouldn’t be upset about the loss. They’re acting like Sam can’t struggle with the loss of a parent because I guess money means you can’t hurt.”
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