I’m not even going to pretend I know what that title means. Creating a title has always been my weakest skill as a writer. (I know, you would think it’s parentheticals and run on sentences. Who knew?)
So here we are on the fourth day of the New Year. I’m a little out of it because I’ve had the last two weeks off of work and I kind of don’t really know what’s going on. I haven’t been as vigilant with the news as I usually am. Seriously, I start every morning with a quick glance at CNN so I know what shoes to put on mainly because I am responsible for the safety of 11 children and if armegeddon is nigh, I definitely want to be ready. ( To be fair, I am almost always ready. )
I am planning to go have lunch with The Mom. She warned me that a sinkhole has opened up near the restaurant where we are planning to have lunch. Now I think that is a pretty specific sign that maybe we should go somewhere else.
I’m a little amazed that I had no idea that this was happening. An actual sinkhole, on one of the most traveled paths in my city. It’s insane.
Speaking of insane, this government shutdown is still going on. I have had several people tell me that this really doesn’t affect me and and that I should calm down already. ( I get that a lot.)
My father was a govenment employee and I know that any pause in our finances would have been difficult. We wouldn’t have had a complete collapse, but it would have been challenging.
There are many people who are on a very tenuous hold, financially and they can’t, just can’t afford to miss a planned cash flow. Here’s how this affects me:
I am not in close contact with someone dependent on government paychecks. But if one person runs out of money, it affects all of us. Even beyond money, a tantrum thrown by a grown man is causing the loss of hope and money to people who have chosen to work for our country. This has got to be soul scarring.
What is going to happen when/ if this tantrum ends? We are going to have a group of angry, psychologically dented broke workers.
And that affects all of us.