So I hear that Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton want to live like "normal" people and have decided to forgo the traditional royal staff. For comparisons sake, Prince Charles has a staff of 150 personal servants. Honestly, how does he manage with such a small staff? Oh, sorry, I digress.
I think it's terrific that Will and Kate want to be like me. How about we trade places? They can live like me and I'll try to live the life they lead.
Certainly, life can't get much more normal than mine...
- I make my own bed.
- I do my own laundry.
- I scrub toilets, scoop cat litter, wash windows, vacuum, dust, mop the floor, and do dishes.
- I run a successful business.
- I sit on two boards and spend a good amount of time volunteering.
- I clip coupons, do my own grocery shopping, and my own cooking.
- I live on a (tight) budget and space out bills during the month so I always have plenty of money.
- I use Freecycle where one person's trash really is another's treasure.
- I take care of my mom and used to help take care of Nana.
- I shop the clearance rack and almost never wear designer or pay full price for clothes (or much else).
- I drive an 11 year old car (well, okay, it's practically new, but still) and before that, I drove a 15 year old car.
- I shovel my own snow, mow my own lawn, and plant my vegetable garden to live healthier and keep my grocery bills down. I also personally weed said garden.
- When I go to a concert or sporting event, I rarely have "great" seats and certainly never a reserved box just for me (although, I'm open to it).
- Paparazzi never follow me around and I don't have a stylist to make sure I am never a fashion "don't" (and if you could have seen me the last 2 weeks, trust me you'd say I needed a stylist).
- I fly like cattle on mass market airlines, always in the economy class and I take public transportation.
- If I ever get married, I will have a very simple ceremony and honeymoon. Me, my fiance, and a minister or justice of the peace on a beach is my style.
- I even write my own blog, write my own Tweets, and communicate personally with my friends on Facebook.
The only thing I have staff for (and it's not even regular staff) is to wake me up in the morning when I've had an especially long night or cannot miss something super early in the morning. But most days, I have to set my own alarm clock.
Will & Kate just let me know when you'd like to change lives. I'm happy to loan out mine for awhile. Otherwise, please stop pretending that you live like normal people.
I'm not complaining. I love my life. Most days. Just like most people, I think. I just think it's funny that two people who obviously know nothing about how most of the world lives (and I realize that I live far better than most of the world) think they are "normal" by forgoing an army of personal servants to do everything from change the roll of toilet paper to fly their personal plane.
All of this said, I'd venture to guess that when Will and Kate takeover my life, they'll be pleased with the assortment of china and silver I have. I seem to inherited an unreal amount of china sets and silver services. Where they all came from, I have no idea. But they'd only have to eat on the same dishes and use the same flatware once every couple of weeks.