Not just any old suburban backwater, but a prime corner position in usually bustling Paddington. Lenore lived in a gritty abandoned warehouse in nearby Darlington and valued the accessibility of this new wait job. ‘Valued’ is a tough concept for Lenore, who would run a mile rather than admit any dependence upon society’s coat-strings. She was caught betwixt and between at the moment.
Being on an AUS-Study allowance limited the amount she could earn per week. However, she could not survive on that limited income. So she was paid ‘under the counter’. If she quit her studies, she could work full-time at this job and be able to live reasonably. But wait jobs don’t lead anywhere. She was half-way through a landscape-gardening course at TAFE, with work experience at Marrickville Council.
This is an age-old dilemma. Obtain satisfaction now, or do the hard yards and benefit more in the future.