I think it’s safe to air this particular marital grievance now, seeing as my husband has reformed himself into a hard-working, more traditional career man who understands that the only way to “get rich” is to work damn hard. While I don’t flatter myself in thinking I have actually managed to change who he is at his core, I know I have at least taught him that when it comes to “get rich quick” schemes, I am not interested.
Looking back on my younger self and not yet appreciating how convincing my husband could be, I found myself getting caught up and each and every one, ignoring every internal alarm bell that was sounding – and even going as far as to allow myself to dream of how we’d spend the money once it started coming in.
He’s not a bad person, my husband, and he wasn’t trying to trick me or anything. I eventually realised that he actually believed in each and every one of his Get Rich Quick Schemes (GQRS) so when he was “convincing” me, he actually believed every single crazy word coming out of his mouth. Every GRQS according to him was a sure thing.
We’d be fools to miss out.
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As my faith in the schemes began to fade I found myself going along with them, just in case this time, by some miracle, it actually worked.
Even when the ethics of them could be easily questioned.
Who doesn’t want to get rich quick? Quick is the best way? It’s just probably never going to happen, and while my husband may have eventually struck gold, our marriage would not have survived another one.
I came to know the phases of the Get Rich Quick Scheme intimately:
Phase One: The Teaser
Either communicated in person, on the phone or via email this involved my husband alerting me that he wanted to talk to me about “something important” and asking when I had time, which used to drive me nuts.
Phase Two: The High
He’d arrive home for said conversation and his eyes would either be too wide, his pupils too dilated, his moves too fast, his mood too happy, or he’d have an alarming eye-twitch thing going.
Phase Three: The Convincing
The first few times this went for hours, days and sometimes weeks as he convinced, I questioned and we organised things so that we’d only take limited risks. All we have to do is a, b and c and then, “Ka-boom”. Yep, he once actually said, “Ka-boom”.