182. I’ll Get a Job in a Restaurant
Ida came to America four years ago. Her
reason for coming was to give her 13-year-old
the best education possible. But also, she did
want Perry to meet the wrong kind of
and end up using drugs or joining a
, or both.
Divorced shortly after Perry's birth, Ida
been a successful entrepreneur in her home country.
had saved a lot of money for their
life in America. Or so she had thought.
two failed business ventures in America had been
. Had either succeeded, she would have been well
. The second failure was especially painful, because she
known it would leave her with little money.
poor English was her downfall. American business people
not patient; they did not want to waste
time trying to figure out what she was
to say. Equally bad, she couldn’t understand their
English. She had sadly underestimated how long it
take her to become proficient in English.
was almost broke. Her boyfriend didn’t make enough
to support Ida and Perry. She had to
to work. A business executive in her homeland,
would try to find work as a waitress
America. “You’ll be lucky to make $8 an
,” her boyfriend Tony groused. “What kind of an
“Yes, but you’re forgetting about the
. That’s where the big money is,” she said,
. “I’m not upset about working as a waitress.
work is honorable. I took my chances, and
didn’t pan out. Now I have to go
work to pay the bills.”
“Well, I don’t
it,” Tony said.