So last week Peaches got her very first honest to goodness, go to fill out a W2, job. She's going to wash dishes one of my favorite eateries in downtown Waukesha.
Those of you with teens who recently got their first job, you know what I'm about to ask:
How is it fair that the kid gets a job and before they can start, I've gotta shell out $100?
See, Peaches is 15, which means we need to get a work permit. Now, she could just get that from school, (fee of $10) BUT, she needs a copy of her birth certificate. THAT means one of us, Hubby this time, had to leave work early (Hourly pay lost: $20) and pay $20 for a copy of the birth certificate because the records office is conveniently open ONLY from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM M-F.
THEN, Peaches is informed she'll need some clothes to wear to work. No problem. She needs some plain white shirts, a pair of black bottoms, something she can wear in the hot of a kitchen, and some non skid close toes shoes.
That involves a trip to Kohl's, because she apparently has none of those things.
Bill at Kohl's: $70.
And thusly, I'm out $120 and the kid hasn't started work yet.
For $120 I might have gotten my bathroom cleaned a couple times and maybe a week or two of laundry done.
The real kicker is that I've offered to pay Peaches many time to wash dishes. She loathes it. Somehow, however, if you put a black apron on her and pay her minimum wage, she's all over it.
Meanwhile, the owners are getting married. Now, I'm as happy for them as anyone, but Friday, after Peaches' first night at work, she got a little envelop addressed to her and to me.
It was an invitation to a wedding shower.
For the boss.
Whom we've known for one day.
I'm not going...but now I've gotta get a gift.
The kid is working, and I'm going into dept!
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