Current magazine feature on "disemployed" women includes profile of 50-something former publishing exec whose teen daughter wouldn't even speak to her after the layoff because of her personal embarrassment and shame about an out-of-work mom.
That woman plans to "scrub toilets if I have to" in order to send her kid to the pricey private early-decision college.
So now, Mom's not only out of work in a dying industry, she's prepared to sacrifice her future to send her embarrassed daughter to an overpriced dinosaur - why? No matter how prestigious your alma mater, it's no guarantee of work. What used to be a recoupable investment in your kid's future is now, most likely, a fortune down a sinkhole.
That mother needs a serious dose of Chris Lehmann.