Stories from Afar & Up Close

I wonder if she knows that the minimum wage in this country is 250 dollars a month

The other day I overheard two women in the salon talking about the cost of life in Lebanon. Everything is so expensive! said one of them, my fourteen year old son gets 350 dollars a month and my 19 year old daughter gets 450 dollars, but they run out of money before the month is over! And then they haven’t done anything special, just dinners, clubs, going to the beach…

Yes, said the other one, my husband always tells me to give them an extra 100 dollars or so because life is so expensive here.

Oh I know! exclaimed the first one again. I bought their tickets for the Pussycat Dolls, otherwise they’d have no money for the rest of the month.

She then gripped her friend’s arm and with a horrified facial expression asked her: do you know there are people here who have to get by with two-thousand dollars a month?

Yes, I know! said her friend, with an equally shocked face, I don’t know how they do it!

I guess they can always ask for advice from those who live on one-tenth of that.