“Generation Snowflake ‘Ashamed’ Parents Buy Them Houses”…

I do not own this photo. Taken by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

‘That’s generation snowflake for you’…’Back in my day’…’we are raising a generation of snowflakes where their parents buying them a house is their biggest achievement’…’today’s generation wouldn’t last in my day, they don’t know what hard work is even if it smacked them in the face’… 

If you’re a nineties or naughties [and possibly even a late eighties] baby then the likelihood is you will have heard at least one, if not all of the above phrases. Mostly, from childless family members who always think the world owes them a favour, or from those keyboard tappers on some spotted [enter your home location] page on Facebook. 

I think more recently, most of this ‘generation snowflake’ hatred has been directed at purchasing a house. The fact that house prices are 10000000x the amount they were 60 years ago ignored, we, as a generation are constantly reminded that either, we will never be able to afford a house, or if we can, this is due to the ‘luck’ of the family you are born into. But this isn’t always the case…

I do not own this photo. Taken by Jake Thacker on Unsplash

£15’000 – the cost of a life…or if you will, the amount of money I have been given to contribute towards my house deposit. £15’000 in replacement for the Dad that lost his fight to mental health. Inheritance isn’t always a rich Grandparent who left their life savings to a glutenous snowflake. In fact, I don’t think it ever will be. Whilst, I appreciate that when inheritance allows you to buy a house, it makes you ‘luckier’ than someone who will never have that ‘privilege’, it also means that quite possibly you have a lost a loved one as a result of it.

Despite that, inheritance might not be the only money put into a house deposit, not forgetting that a house deposit is also not the only cost in the ravenous, money-pig [or another animal that eats anything and everything] that is buying a house. For me, that £15’000 is 25% of the total house deposit, and 50% of what I am contributing towards the house. Fifty percent. Not forgetting that we are putting down a deposit far greater than what is needed or even expected. 

So, yes, buying a house [fingers crossed that we actually exchange before I pass out with the overwhelming level of stress] will be my biggest achievement to date. I don’t care if that makes me a shining example of the snowflake generation. Buying a house symbolises more than what it might look like on the surface.

Buying a house is, six years after I received said inheritance after my Dads death, being well, and mentally stable enough to hold down a full time, permanent job, to have saved my heart and soul into being able to afford the said house. I can already hear people [those that call us the snow floury gang] saying ‘oh yes but working is just a fact of life, working hard is nothing like it used to be’. WELL, fuck off, I do work hard, I work fucking hard, and I have worked even fucking harder to get over the mental torment of coming to terms with someone who is supposed to be your guiding light in life, ending their own life because they couldn’t deal with the world of today. 

Lots of love Generation Snowflake!

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  1. September 23, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    What a great post Sophie! I’m part of ‘generation snowflake’ and proud! I have worked my arse off to save to be able to buy myself a brand new car and start saving up a deposit for my own place, yet I still get ‘oooh did grandad buy you that car?’ And ‘aren’t you lucky, having grandparents that treat you to a new car?!’ I think fuck off, they don’t know anything, and until they’re in our position, it’ll never change!
    Good on you for writing about it!☺️💖

  2. September 23, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    I hear ya Sophie! People really don’t have the right to say that unless they literally were in your own shoes. I’m trying hard just to get out of my adoptive parents’ house. No support whatsoever but that’s fine by me. I can then proudly say I did everything by myself when I’m finished! Thank you for posting 🙂

  3. September 28, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    I’m so glad I clicked on this post. It really hit me hard when you mentioned your Dad’s death and as you said, inheritance isn’t just money, it’s someone who you’ve lost. I’m a ‘snowflake’ myself and it honestly annoys the shit out of me when people say I need to work harder to afford a house, etc. when they don’t know the half of it! I pay rent, buy everything I own including a nice car, and I’m doing everything I can to save for a mortgage (which seems absolutely impossible in 2018) yet all the older generations love to do is put you down and then call you a snowflake when you try to defend yourself!

    Katy – http://www.therawrdrobe.com

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