Methinks our dear Gene is beginning to regret his choice of trying to “make it” with a manual labor job and settle for a fixer-upper house. It didn’t turn out to be as much fun as he dreamed it would – especially when the opportunity was given to him to go to college and get a better job that was less physically taxing and would have allowed him to buy a better house and have nicer things – and maybe even gave him Saturdays and Sundays off with enough extra cash to do something fun once in a while. (Sorry, that sentence was ugly.)
The latter choice is not necessarily any better, the problem is that he primarily gave it up because he was young and in love. Now as he grows older and some of that shine wears off (as it always will) he’s starting to think about what he gave up for her.
To add to it, she doesn’t seem to understand. The thought that a hot bath and a night’s sleep fixes it all shows that she doesn’t realize how deep this goes. She’s worked like this her whole life – she doesn’t know any better. She’s the child of a Small Business.
Gene grew up in a family that HAD that other lifestyle. He knows how things could have been.
This is a dangerous time for their relationship. I hope it works out O.K.