â€œWeâ€™re doing it wrong.â€
Itâ€™s our joke as a couple
The thing we say
When what we really mean is
â€œDebt has left us black-eyed and bleeding.â€
Itâ€™s notÂ reallyÂ keeping up with the Joneses.
It isnâ€™t about your vacations or your fancy houses â€“ yes, plural?!
Your new cars or your HDTVs.
(Though we make our secret faces
When we read about them in your Christmas letters.)
When we lean together and whisper
-Â oh, we can be so snarkyÂ –
It comes out â€œWeâ€™re doing it wrongâ€
But what weâ€™re really saying is
â€œWeâ€™re trying to do itÂ right.â€
$90,000 to pay off, and weâ€™re only
Two people working hard with four hands
And eight (closed) credit cards and
Just as many part-time jobs
And only 24 hours in a day.
So we crack our jokes,Â share our secret battle cry.
Weâ€™re strong enough to be debt-free for good,
And if â€œdoing it wrongâ€ looks an awful lot
Like wearing dollar shirts and watching Redbox,
Then I guess you can keep your Hollister.
When debtâ€™s gone
Â – weâ€™re still learning to drop the â€œifâ€ -
We both know itâ€™s notÂ theÂ thingsÂ we crave.
Itâ€™s theÂ freedomÂ we envy.
To do it wrong ourselves if we want.
Or to do it right.
“WEâ€™RE DOING IT WRONG” by Joan Otto