posted on Sep, 24 2013 @ 12:41 AM
It is the little things in life that can keep a person who is experiencing extreme hardships from breaking.
Ever have to tell you kids that the Easter Bunny not only skipped your house because we didn't have eggs to hide, and not only that, you can't have
anything to eat today because the food banks are closed and we couldn't get there on a flat tire anyways 'because Daddy decided to drain the bank
account and disappear due to some pre mid life crisis the week before'
Well I have, and I'll tell you what getting foodstamps and being able to re-invite the Easter bunny back and make the day of 3 little kids who just
lost their father kept me from going insane during a time when every thing that could go wrong, did go wrong.
I lost my job because I couldn't afford daycare, I had no money, absolutely no help, no family. I had one child with serious medical issues that
meant I was was lucky if I got 2 hours sleep a night, and barely hanging on. Phone had been shut off, heat had been shut off. Thank goodness we had a
fire place and it was only cold for a few more weeks, I was running out of paper and twigs I found in the yard to burn.
Also once I got my internet turned back on, it truly was my life line. If I didn't have my online friends for support, I don't know what I would
Somehow I survived that hellish year, but then again, I had been through worse.
I have come so far from that, I often forget how close I was to breaking, but it was the little things that got me through, paid for by cash aide and
If it wasn't for help through tax payer dollars, which I paid into and have repaid back through taxes since then, taxpayers would probably be footing
the bill for me in prison and my kids in state care due to me doing something desperate to feed my kids.
So yes. I paid for internet on the tax payer dime, and yes, I bought things like birthday cakes and the occasional treat for my kids on taxpayer dime.
But it was through the internet I was able to get in touch with resources and go to school online to get me on my feet. In fact I might have still
been on welfare had it not been for the internet.