Thanks Tuffgirl and AOTB! It's a relief to know that I'm not being just a big whiney ungrateful brat about this, especially since it's been bothering me for years.
I've been sending out a bazillion resumes and have had 1 promising interview for a job I REALLY want...I should hear about it soon. However, if I don't get it, I think I'm just going to suck it up and get whatever job I can that pays the bills, like TuffGirl said.
The funny thing is, when I mentioned that fact to my mother on the phone tonight ("I don't know mom, I think I'm going to give it another few weeks and if I don't get anymore bites on my resume, I'm just going to start applying to retail management jobs"), she said "Finding a job will take time! You haven't been at it THAT long. Just be patient!"....and she said this literally 2 minutes after she made me feel god-awful about taking her money. Sigh! But yeah, being an assistant manager at PetCo sounds a LOT better than putting up with this give-and-take situation I've been in!! lol