This weeks video is "Gone Away" by My Brightest Diamond...again. When you watch the video, you'll see...I just like that word.
For anyone who is too lazy to look up the original, here's the original version. Watch it! Love it!
On another note. Things are looking up in a way. I got a few extra bucks for school, so I said to myself, "God Dang it. I'm getting myself a pair of shoes. I bleeping deserve it."
Oh...and not just any pair of shoes, some new heels! (of course)
So that has me satisfied for now. After months of barely being able to buy food, it was just nice to take myself and my girls out and get us some new items of clothing.
I have a feeling that this year will start looking up. Can't tell you why, I just have this feeling in my gut. I tell you one thing. Until you've been there, never judge that person you see in front of you that has food stamps, or WIC or whatever other assistance program. Unless of course they're buying cigarettes, candy, etc, and no real food. Then by all means, go ahead and think to yourself that their priorities are jacked up. Especially if they have children.
So many people just think, "Oh that person needs to get a job, what a leech". etc, etc. Believe me, "getting a job", or a better paying one for that matter, is just not as easy as one would think. I was a Receptionist at a highly recognized Corporation, and known for being a good worker, and was promoted multiple times. Well my husband had to go away for a year because he joined the Air Force, and needed to do Basic Training and Tech School. Which gave him the idea that I should be a stay-at-home mom. It was great, and it worked out very well. The military paid a pretty good amount. At least enough for us to live on while I stayed home. Then that ends, and my husband comes back to his job managing at a grocery store. Things are still OK at that point...but then he loses his job. We fortunately had some cushion to get by while he was unemployed for a month, and no, he did not collect unemployment. Well he finally found a job in a factory..that pays pretty terribly. The reason is because he's a temp. This is where things get rough. Pretty soon I'm searching for at least a part-time job (on top of everything else going on!) I applied for the type of job which is exactly what I was doing before I left to stay home with my kids. No call. So I lowered my bar of expectations. A clothing store at the mall. No call. Bar lowers. The type of job that pays the bare minimum that you can pay someone in the state of Wisconsin. No call. Fortunately something opened up at a Library nearby, that makes me not even care that the money isn't much. It's genuinely nice to work there. At least the bit that I do make, can take care of some bills. So that's something. The ol' husband, is still a temp, and is still hoping to get hired on, or hoping to find something better. Unfortunately that's just more no calls, and calls of rejection.
So next time you think that there must be something wrong with someone who relies on the government programs made available to them. Think again. I understand there are people who abuse privileges, but not everyone does. How does one solve this problem? Honestly, I think programs that are here to help people, should make sure that they are actually "helping" people. Instead of people abusing it, and buying things that are, if anything, putting them in even worse health! Which I suppose means, stricter standards. Sure it'd be inconvenient, but if it's made free to you, there's really no room for complaint.
I could go into a whole other point on kids, but I'll just sum it up this way: No child should ever have to suffer because of their parents struggling to make ends meet, or because their parent is stupid with no priorities.
This year of struggle has taught me one thing if anything. When you get so much money, that you don't know what to do with it all, don't go buy more bags and shoes that you'll only wear once. Use it to help people.
Originally, my idea for when I reached my goals, was to set up shelters for abuse victims and counseling to help them. Which I would still like to do. This years lesson has taught me though, that with all the starving people in the world. They just need a meal! I would love to set up more food shelters, and homeless shelters. It has become abundantly clear that so many people need help, and they aren't getting it, or don't have access to it.
So if I reach fame, I don't need a however many millions of dollars home. Just give me a shack on the beach, my husband and girls, and a hand to help others with.