While most people look towards the month of March with excitement and enthusiasm for the long-awaited spring season, my family and I look towards it with trepidation. Why? Well because for the millions of people who work in investment banking, my brother included, its bonus time. And anybody who knows anything about banking knows that bonus time is stressful for all involved. Things could be very, very good…or very, very bad.
We’ve been living life on pins and needles for the last few weeks, but I’m happy to say it was unnecessary since this year’s numbers were good! My little brother did quite well for himself. Better than I have ever done or may ever do. But you know what? If anyone is going to one-up me, I’m glad it’s him.
Last night, after I pushed my jealousy and bitterness aside, my mom and I decided to throw my brother a little last-minute celebration.
I made a few of my brother’s favorites, including date muffins and pasta with a ground turkey-tomato sauce…
I even broke out my precious Williams-Sonoma bowls in his honor, but as you can see his bonus didn’t merit me ironing any of the placemats. The iron is on the lengthy list of things I am allergic to, you see.
Since my mother was present, I actually set the dining room table instead of having everyone serve themselves from the stove.
The table was complete with flowers and proper serving dishes. Shocking, no?
Dinner included some roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus…
My mom brought a chocolate cake…
As always, Maya was only too happy to help her uncle celebrate once she knew chocolate cake was involved.
And in case you are wondering, I still haven’t figured out how to take a non-blurry picture.
My brother eats dessert only once a year on his birthday so we were all shocked that he decided to partake in some cake.
He had two pieces, hence his guilty smile. It’s okay Has, you deserve it.
Since I find it much easier to write things than to say them aloud, allow me to take a minute to tell my brother how proud I am of him. Considering he works from 5:30am to 5:30pm, takes few vacations, and spends weekends in the office, he absolutely deserves his bonus and a whole lot more.
Now we just need to find him a nice girl….any takers ladies?