Talk Like a Native
Episode 10 : “The grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence)”
Christine: Why the long face* Kevin?
Kevin: I’m feeling a little depressed about my life. I was just browsing on Facebook and it seems that all of my friends have gotten married and have kids already.
Christine: First of all, Facebook is not a gauge of how happy people are. Secondly, contrary to popular belief*, marriage is not the answer to all of your problems. Trust me on this when I say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Kevin: What do you mean?
Christine: I mean that single people look at married people and might feel that their life is better. They feel like maybe their life would be more complete if they were married. It’s like looking over at your neighbor’s lawn and thinking that their grass looks healthier and greener when in reality it just seems that way from your perspective.
Kevin: So are you saying married people feel the same way?
Christine: Of course! Married people might look at single people and wish that they had more time to do the things that they wanted to do. They might envy the freedom to go out and not have to answer to someone when they come home. There’s positive and negative aspects to both sides.
Kevin: Wow, I’ve honestly never looked at it that way. I guess you’re right when you say the grass is always greener on the other side. Let’s help our listeners get a better understanding too!
Stacy: My job is so tedious. I wish I had my own business, like John does.
Steve: John probably wishes he had the financial security of earning a stable salary. Trust me, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Jean: I’m so jealous you just got your Master’s. I’ve always wanted to do it, but I could never find the time or the money.
Scott: Well, the grass ain’t so green on my side you know. You’re forgetting the fact that now I’m about 100,000 dollars in debt and I still can’t seem to find a decent job.
Cecilia: Now that you’re married, it must be so nice to have someone to go home to every day.
Justin: Yeah, except now it’s like having my mom nag me about when I should come home. Enjoy the single life as long as possible because the grass is always greener on the other side.
Kevin: I’ll try to look for more positive things in my life instead of being jealous of other people.
Christine: That’s a great idea Kevin. How about we work on making the podcast better instead of looking at Facebook?
Kevin: Okay, mom!!
*Why the long face? - Why do you look so sad?
*Contrary to popular belief - something that you say before you make a statement that is the opposite of what most people believe