A relatively youthful segment of the Battlers community, Life Strivers are family-focused and optimistic about the future. Whether they’re conventional families or single-parent households, working full-time or not working at all, they’re content and capable of making their often-limited finances stretch a long way. Though most were born in New Zealand, a considerable number have Polynesian roots.
Walk with Me
Quite a few of my friends are unemployed, so I’m lucky to have my job at the salon. I’m not on the world’s highest salary, but when I combine it with Darren’s child support payments, I get by okay (that’s if he actually pays up — he went back to Rotorua after we divorced, and it’s hard to chase him for money). Anyway, I like my job. I always wanted to be a hairdresser growing up.
Jake’s twelve, and growing up fast. He’s so protective of me, my little man about the house. I never have to nag him about homework, and sometimes he even does the dishes without being asked! He’s playing basketball at school, so I’ve bought him a brand new basketball, and we go to the local basketball courts together when I have time off from work.
A client of mine, Mrs Brown, wants to hook me up with her son. I reckon he might be too young, though — I don’t think she realises I’m on the wrong side of 40, and she can’t be that much older than me. Apparently he’s a truckie and on the road a lot, which is why we haven’t met yet. She’s good value — at the moment, she’s trying to convince me to join her gym but I get enough exercise doing the gardening.
Living in Upper Hutt’s great: Jake and I spend a fair bit of time on weekends at Days Bay if the weather’s good, or visit friends and family around the Wellington area. I might take him to Kmart this weekend and see if we can pick up some bargains. I may even let him pick out a new PlayStation game…if he’s lucky!