“I’m concerned,” Kat said one day at Our Own Place.
I’d just woken up in a stupor from one of my Benadryl naps. My eyes were crusty, and tissues were jammed up each nostril, and everything itched. I hadn’t made it to class. I’d just stayed on the couch and ate snacks and watched TV all day.
“It doesn’t seem like you’re trying hard enough to be an Adult,” she said.
“What do you mean?” I said.
“Well, for one, you’re supposed to have a job by now.”
I’d actually gotten a job at The Radio. I thought it would be easy cuz I liked listening to the Radio so much, but it was actually hard. You hadta go to the station for hours without leaving, while some Boss Reality told you what to do. I wanted them to ask me to help them pick out good songs to play, but instead they told me to answer the phone and copy papers and make coffee. They didn’t even pay me, cuz they said it was something called an ‘internship’ that was only meant to possibly lead to an actual paying Adult Career sometime in the future. Every day I was supposta work my allergies got way worse, and the Benadryl Perception didn’t even help. Some days, like the second day, I’d feel so crappy I wouldn’t even want to go, and then some days, like the third day, I just stopped going at all.
“It’s not fair,” Kat said. “I’m working sixty hours a week and you’re working zero.”
“You don’t understand, Kat,” I said. “I think jobs make me sick.”
“That’s just your cat allergy.”
“But I started sneezing worse when I was at The Radio Station, and there weren’t any cats there.”
“Then maybe you were allergic to something else there. Just go find another job.”
“But every time I go somewhere to pick up an application the same thing happens. I get all snotgross, and the managers give me a look. I’m telling you, I think I may be allergic to jobs in general.”
“Maybe you’re not allergic to anything at all. Maybe you’re just lazy.”
“But, you’ve seen me sneezing.”
“Even so, it almost seems as if you don’t even want to be an Adult.”
“I swear I’m trying.”
“Well, try harder. Adults don’t get up in the afternoon and watch TV on the couch all day. Adults don’t have their parents pay for everything. Adults get some job, even if it’s a bad one, because they just have to.”
“It’s alright, Kat. I’ll get more applications tomorrow.”
“Eh,” she said.
Then she ended up taking her shower alone that night.