Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19th ~ CNN's Ali Velshi says he reads all his tweets... Does that also go for Facebook comments?

I posted today:  Would you ask those "job creators" what they've done to create jobs for former home building industry workforce...  because if they can get my husband back to work NOW that would be great.  I would love to be able to pay utilities when they are due; meet all loan obligations which have been set aside; pay all unpaid medical bills; pay all our taxes; buy our kids back-to-school clothes; not have to risk writing bad checks to buy food; be able to visit M.D. and buy Rx to manage chronic illnesses...   That would be nice.  

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18th ~ Monday... The Tears Just Start Coming

 I'm a bit sad as I learned today, from my elderly mother that her sister, my wonderful Aunt Aurora, is currently in hospital with late stage leukemia.  Mom's very sad knowing her younger sister is terminally ill, in pain, and confused (also has late stage Alzheimer's) and can't be with her.  The sadness in mom's voice is something I find hard to deal with.  Normally, she's the most upbeat; lively gal you will ever meet.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17th ~ Sunday State of Affairs

All I'm worried about is how I'm supposed to feed my family of five through Wednesday w/ $20. We reached our debt ceiling a long, long time ago and are delinquent on everything. We are: former home building industry out-of-work husband (unemployed 9mos); a disabled American mom, unable to find work in entry level retail; Parents of teens (w/ no funds available for public school Fall registration) If anything, Ali, I need your help teaching my 19 y/o son, who just started his first job, personal finance basics so he can save himself - and maybe his sisters - from homelessness.

Just last week I had to inform my girls that if they need anything for start of school in a few weeks they will have to find jobs since mom and dad aren't able to provide basic necessities.  Of course, I first apologized for not being able prevent worsening circumstances.  I told them the school has been informed of our situations - we are not the only family going through this, they reassured me, when I told them I was apprehensive about registering the girls due to uncertainty with regard to housing.  I went ahead and registered them; nearly passed out at fee totals which are due; died a little more inside for being such a sorry excuse of a mother.

You see, I followed my dream of getting married and becoming a mommy.  As a family we supported dad's rise up the ladder with his company and took the chance on opportunities.  We made mistakes: Never buy a house, unless you are positive that the company you've worked for your entire adult life will not fall victim the industry's - or your country's - economic demise.  Another mistake:  Never marry someone, who it turns out will have an incurable - yet treatable - disease... especially if that disease is mental illness!  That person will only make matters worse when job loss prevents ability to manage illness; no health insurance.  Also, false hope does nobody any good.

To be continued...