As you know my life has changed dramatically as a result of the loss of my job but what I've learned in this economy is the extraordinary generosity of so many in my life. ........... They've given me hope and made me grateful which always, I think leads one closer to God in experiencing God's love through our neighbors
This is one of those things that I am referring to. In the midst of all this economic chaos, we have opened our eyes to the needs of others. We are aware more than ever of the changing needs of life. I think this was a wonderful post.
Rose West wrote:
Now adays it seems as though every family is an island. I barely know the neighbors to each side of me more than to wave at and it's kind of sad.
Before my second wave of children, I did not feel a need for closeness to my neighbors. I had the girlfriends from Church and we all hung around with our children. The problem is, I had some more children later. They went off to work when their children went off to school and I started over with some more babies.
The sidewalk chats are the bus stop moms. The closeness started with one of the moms of a little boy Ians age who would become Ian's best friend. It started with just letting them continue to play when one mom would have to leave with someone else. Both boys would have meltdowns because they just wanted to keep playing and not sit thru dance lessons or siblings soccer practices or whatever. We would trade "babysitting". The boys would stay with each while the other mom ran whoever to practice without a sulking tag along. It made life more peaceful.
Rose West wrote:
What you have described sounds pretty much like what neighborhoods were like back in the day
You are probably right and we keep thinking we are so resourceful. We are so proud of ourselves. I just wish I could find someone who is a masseusse who has a kid that can't hit a baseball.
I know things are tough all over, but Michigan has been hit hard.
I think that may be one of the reasons that perhaps our little neighborhood is ahead of the curve, we have been at this a while longer than most. So many people have been affected and everyone thinks it is just the people in the auto industry, but the effects are so far reaching. Even the convenience store where people on their way to work would stop and get coffee is affected. My husband works for a company that underwrites insurance. Their big money maker was always workmens comp accounts. Well, when no one is working, you don't have to pay workmens comp.
I have tried to figure out a way to put my kids back in swimming and pay for Michael to go to his summer remediation program. I just don't know how.
What is the summer remediation program?