This is the true story of one man's past and the family that weaves through it.
- Taking the Tokyo University entrance exam without cram school! Child-rearing experiences of a family at the bottom of the pyramid
Taking the Tokyo University entrance exam without cram school! Child-rearing experiences of a family at the bottom of the pyramid
As life continued, not knowing whether he was alive or dead, a turning point came.
When I turned 24, a friend offered me a job.
'The company I work for is busy and looking for someone to work right away. Won't you do it?"
Without even having to ask what the job entailed, he responded immediately, "I'll ask for it.
I went to work at 7:00 a.m. and had an interview at 8:00 a.m.
Can you start working today?"
I was hired immediately and started working that day.
Although it was a non-regular job at 1,000 yen per hour, I was very grateful for the opportunity to work with my friends, which was a big mental boost.
Working 7.5 hours a day, the salary is 7,500 yen per day.
The operation per month is about 20 days, so the face value is 150,000 yen.
The take-home pay would be about 120,000 to 130,000 yen.
Work hours are weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, but depending on the workload, there may be some early and overtime work.
Weekends and national holidays are generally closed, but this office may be open for work depending on the workload.
With this content, I can make my own time, and the job description and work environment are not bad.
Above all, I owe a debt of gratitude to the friend who introduced me to the job.
If you quit as soon as you started working for them, it would be like putting mud on your friend's face.
I must avoid doing anything that would ruin my friend's reputation by my actions.
So I thought and kept going for a while.
After a few years of working there, the hourly wage increased a little, but the salary was still very low.
I wanted to work other part-time jobs to increase my income a little more, but it was impossible because of the ban on side jobs.
Under these circumstances, he considered changing jobs, seeking the stability of a full-time position.
I looked in job magazines and went to Hello Work many times for advice, but I couldn't find the job I wanted. ......
He is not educated, not handy, and has no qualifications of any kind.
In a word: "I had nothing.
I had nothing to offer.
No company would hire such a person, and it meant nothing to me even if I had written in the final education section of my resume that I graduated from XX High School.
His wife earns about 80,000 yen a month, so their combined household income is about 2.8 million yen.
The take-home pay is less than 2 million yen.
Then, in 2005 (at the age of 31), a child was born, but the money he had desperately saved for seven years was only about 300,000 yen.
Can we raise our children in a life that is far from happy?
Wave after wave of regret, which I had never felt before, swept over me, and I felt like I was about to be crushed by despair.
No, it was crushed precisely.
Unspeakable anxiety overcame me, and there was no peace in my daily life.
I had no money, I had never studied, and I didn't even know what to do.
To begin with, I don't know what it is to raise children.
No, I don't know if a child born into such a family will be able to survive in the future.
The more I thought about it, the more the jet-black darkness spread, and unspeakable anxiety clung to my body.
The warmth of small hands
As I headed for the futon, I shed tears every time I saw the sleeping face of my sleeping child.
I spent many sleepless nights, blaming myself and despairing of a future that I could not see.
I considered the worst option.
At that moment, the message came from a small hand holding my index finger with an unclouded smile.
I believe in you. ......
The warmth overflowing from his small hand gave a ray of light to a heart trapped in deep darkness.
The reality is that asking for money is not an option.
The reality is that even if you want to rely on someone, you cannot.
Then we have to do it in this environment.
I'm the only one who feels hopeless.
This boy has his life and future.
Nothing has started yet.
No life is born to die.
Born to live.
I will save this child only.
I will never betray this child!
Only when we are prepared to sacrifice ourselves can we find a way forward?
All my time should be spent on raising my kids.
So is money. My wife and I just have to put up with it.
For the first time in my life, I was genuinely prepared.