I remember when getting together with family meant catching up on how far-flung relatives were doing, checking in on what kind of grades college-bound grandsons were getting and finding out just who was vacationing where this year.
Not anymore. Today, my relatives like to talk about the economy and, more specifically, the dismal job market out there.
This isn’t surprising. I traveled with my wife and two sons last weekend to Michigan for Easter. And if there’s one state that’s suffering in today’s economy, it’s Michigan.
My brother-in-law works for a school district. He’s worried about the cuts he’s seeing the district make. My sister-in-law works as a consultant for a big computer company. We all know that consultants are deemed as unneccessary expenses during the worst economies.
And then there’s me. I work in publishing. Magazines are closing all across the country. Newspapers are falling apart. It’s not the best time to be in my field, either.
Still, it was a nice weekend. And the conversation, though heavy on economic woes, did eventually stray to the more pleasant topics: Turns out my nephew is developing into quite a violin player. No that’s news I can use, especially in a grim job market.