reply to post by Celestial1
That is a hard story to read. I take it during the period of time your mom was working to death you were raised by your grandparents or babysitter? I
shudder to think if I had to replace my husband's income.
The type of jobs that are available to moms getting back in the workforce today almost ensure you can't have more than one job. Well, that is all the
types of jobs I have encountered. At least the ones I could get. They require you to be available when they need you. No steady schedule. For about
four months I worked all three shifts in one week because we needed the money. I have my problems, and that just about did me in. It worked out that I
only had one full 24 hour period off. Technically I had two days off, but the way the hours were, I swear I only had one day. One of the days off, I
get home dead tired in the morning from Graveyard shift, then have to wake myself up after a short nap. Force myself to stay awake so I could go to
bed that same night, since I had to get up in the morning for the day light shift. Yep, that was my day off if you really want to count it as such.
The only saving grace was that my husband was laid off, and out of work during that time period. He was able to babysit our three. Otherwise all the
money I made would have gone to a babysitter.
I admit, not every one is capable of doing what your mom did. She was healthy enough, and had enough drive and energy to do so in the midst of a
terrible depression she must have felt with her husband in jail. Well, that is if she loved him.
I'm glad there is not the stigma today as there was back then. Otherwise there would be many people not receiving food stamps who should be. To
dehumanize someone for something that is most likely out of their control is not right. What happened to your mom in the store was not right.
There is another major difference between the time your mom received them and today. Every eligible adult has to have a job, or be seriously looking
for one to be on food stamps. They only give a limited grace period for not obtaining a job. I don't know how some go on them and stay on them almost
all of their life. I have been off and on too many times to count. Maybe the stigma wore off for me. Things happen. Pay not steady, job loss, and etc.
I also found out that if a person is on unemployment, they consider it unearned income. They do not give that income any deductions, and reduce the
amount you otherwise would receive. I seen it happen. The lady told me that if my unemployment was actually earned income that I would get more food
stamps rather than less. S
I talked to them about the work requirement since my unemployment was running out, and they did say they lifted some of the work requirements due to
the bad recession we are going through. I got laid off from my company last year. My husband is now at another new job, month 7, and seems to be going
well. Except this company may fold at any minute.
In the meantime, the doc said I'm probablly getting arthritis in my leg/hip. It hurts me to move it at least once a day now. A sharp pain where I can
not move it for a couple of minutes, and then have to adjust it slightly before being able to move it again. I have to see him every six months for
thyroid and being border line anemic. I'm going to have to take thyroid, and the max amount of iron medicine for the rest of my life. Along with a
mega dose of vitamin D every month.
I try to take them regularly, but sometimes I run low on money. I have to wait until the next pay which comes every two weeks. When I don't take the
medicine, I can feel it. Sometimes I can feel it even when I do take the medicine. I have another issue I won't discuss. This would prevent me from
holding down three jobs like your mom did. My husband is earning the most he can currently.
If you want to bash me for not being able to do what your mom did, then so be it. Realize not everyone is capable of using the system as you think it
should be used.
The system has it's flaws. Yes, it may let some stay on welfare that should not be on welfare. More importantly, it allows families to fall through
the cracks who really do need welfare. Just one dollar higher than the max allowed, just one check over for the month, just one cash bonus, and you
are out. You would need to reapply. The system is really set up that once a family reaches the point that they supposedly do not need foodstamps any
longer, they are struggling just as bad if not worse than when they did receive food stamps.
Yes, I've been there. It is not because of an increase of bills or unnecessary expenditures. For example a large family recieves $750 in foodstamps a
month. The income increases $500. The family looses foodstamps. Now the family now has to either reduce the food, or try to find something to cut out
of their budget.
Another poster mentioned about children not having enough to eat. I do think that either the family is one of the ones that fell through the cracks,
or the parents are too stubborn to try to get food stamps due to the stigma placed on them. It could have been they exceeded their time limit, and got
kicked off. I honestly don't know which is worse.
If those children don't have food due to the parents using the food money on gambling, drugs, alcohol, and etc, then those are the deadbeats of
society. They are the scumbags that should be shunned everywhere they walk. Those are the ones that society should be ashamed and angry at.