how much does it cost?



Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always…

Never have I felt so tempted, so swayed by money.  I don’t know what to blame it on: London?  Being 25?  Being married?  London?

There is something to the argument that living here pounds it into you.  House prices are ludicrous (and I mean ludicrous).  Our tiny, one-bedroom flat would probably go for at least £160k(we rent).  That’s over $300,000.  That’s almost as much as my parents’ 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath, original-hardwood-floors-and-French-doors-circa-1920 house on 6-acres was selling for a year ago.

Our flat would fit in their kitchen.

I love England.  Our friends are amazing.  Autumn here is idyllic.  Topshop rocks my world.  Fashion is exciting, music is happening, arts are cutting-edge.  But there’s something mean about this place.  I’ve never been somewhere where people talk about money/house prices/the cost of living on such a regular basis.  I’m telling you almost every day I have a discussion with people about it.

Part of this may be because I grew up in a small town where things were, well, cheap.  So maybe it’s not just London.  Maybe it’s cities.  But it hurts.  It stresses me out, sucks my will to live.

And it makes me scan the newspaper for jobs paying over £25,000 – ruling out anything less. 

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

Author: Faith

Faith Dwight is a photographer and a writer. She is a Southern American girl living just north of London with her British husband, Simon and their two halfling sons.

3 thoughts

  1. I have lived in cities most of my life but fell in love with a small town I lived in Oregon. The life style is not as money oriented. San Francisco was beautiful but the worst for money and the value of it in the society. I am now in a city and have felt that it is a test and that I have to keep my focus (but it’s hard).
    Debbie aka The Real World Martha (S)

  2. ha, thanks. i tried to clarify myself bit with a new comment. but basically… i feel that way because i feel like ministry (if a vocation) should be a job. if it isn’t… the balance between church ministry as a volunteer, your family and your life can be horribly imbalance. blah blah.

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