Friday, February 6, 2009
Today I heard that another friend got laid off from his job.
Why is this happening? Where will it end?
A friend in Ohio has been out of work since October. He has a daughter in college and a new wife. I'm not sure how he's making ends meet. My son lost his job Christmas Eve when the startup he worked for lost their next round of funding. A dear friend's husband lost his job while he was at her father's funeral! I kid you not.
It's really hard for me to be concerned about anything going on in my life when everywhere I look people are facing bills they can't pay, homes they may lose, kids they can't feed. It's horrible! I'll bet that each one of you reading this know at least one person (and maybe it's you) who is out of work.
We're a far piece away from the late 90s when my phone was ringing off the hook with technical recruiters trying to lure me away from my current job to go for a bigger salary and bonuses. I bit - a couple of times. I did pretty well for awhile, and so did everyone I knew. So how did we get here? It reminds me of the Great Depression. That may sound extreme, but it feels true. The things my mother told me about growing up in the Depression seem oddly familiar.
I can't imagine that there will be rationing. I'm not sure how much further we would have to go for that to happen, but I imagine when all of these foreclosed homes keep sitting empty, when all these repossessed cars sit in the bank lots, when all these people try to scrape by on unemployment, food stamps, and Medicaid for their sick kids.... how long will it take? How far will it go?
I'm a little worried tonight, about my friends, about family, and about America in general. I'm one of the lucky ones with a good job. The company is doing well, too. Hubby's company is doing well and still hiring. Thank God for that. But I'm still worried.
I guess those of us with jobs had better scrape up a little more enthusiasm when we get out of bed in the morning. We're the lucky ones.
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