Apologies for my excessive use of acronyms this morning in the title. Both of them seemed to fit the whole situation though.
Today is the last day of September. Problem is… I don’t remember what happened to the rest of the year. Only three months left in 2008. It’s looking like this is going to be a year to end all years.
No matter how you slice it, the election will be history making. We are either going to have a black president or a woman vice president. The whole stock market thing is very confusing to me, but I know enough to know that “those people” have no idea what is going on in America. In the REAL world that we all live in and they just look at from afar. I can say I’ve never been proud to be a member of the lower middle class. We’ve lived from one paycheck to the other for many years, but we’ve had a happy life none the less. We’ve always tried to let our children be free of any stress from money issues. A few bumps along the way, but nothing greater than anyone elses’.
Now, however, I am glad I don’t have lots of money tied to stocks and bonds and all that stuff. That’s lots of money that I’m NOT going to lose in this whole billion/trillion/gazillion bailout bull shit. Just once though I’d like for all those congressmen and senators and whatnot to come live in the real world. See that my grocery bill has gone from being a lean $80 on average a week for my family of four to more than $125 a week. I don’t buy name brand groceries. I buy the store brands. I buy the economy packs. I am still spending more and more every week just to feed my family. We won’t even begin to start on gasoline prices. We didn’t go out too often before, but now it’s very rare that we are able to go do things as a family outside of the home. We still try to let the kids do things that kids should do, like baseball, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Your childhood only comes once, ya know. Now is the time when I wish my grandmother had been more accessible. She was the only grandparent I ever had. The others’ were gone either before I was born or before I could walk/talk/understand. She was born in March of 1930. She was a young girl during the Great Depression, a teenager during World War II. She would know the things needed to survive without relying on others. Those are the skills I need now. The skills we are all going to need sooner rather than later I am afraid.