So I got the first of my two severance payments today (I’ll get the other one in 2011). 35% went for taxes. Apparently, they withhold extra from the severance payment. And in the “ok, this is a little odd” category, they took out for unemployment insurance. A little like closing the barn door after the horse is out, but, hey it’s the government. It’s not meant to make sense.
One of the things that surprised me was how it hit me to see “Pay Rate: $0.00 Annual” on the statement. I sat and stared at that for a while. Except for two years of my fulltime college career, I’ve had a pay rate at one job or another since the summer of 1973. I’ll admit to a moment of panic and the thought of “maybe I should get a job at Wegmans or something.” Then I took a deep breath and reminded myself that this is what I want and what I’ve planned for and I’ll be just fine.
Still, working at Wegmans might be fun…
(p.s. the title is a quote from Muppet Christmas Carol. It’s our family tradition to watch it every year. It’s my personal tradition to fall asleep while watching it every year.)