Abigail and Dolley readers as these terrible economic times enter their fourth year this month, I have to contemplate the human cost that has been extracted from Americans. As a wife and a mother, I must consider the devastating impact on the family as a whole but would also like to expound upon the individual consequences. For this recession is more than numbers on a TV screen, they are people and they have been grievously wounded.
From a Husband's perspective, the loss of income, the loss of house, and the long term inability to find a job is a recipe for destruction. Most men are hardwired to provide for their families. The first jobs to go were men's, the companies that went down early largely employed men, and those jobs still have not returned. The hopelessness that comes with unemployment and the feelings of failure and unworthiness permeate today's struggling man. Individually, this is tough but for a family the pain is compounded exponentially.
From a Wife's perspective, the loss of security goes to the heart of her psyche. Women need safety, they need to know that the house payment is made and there is still enough money left over to buy food. Millions of Mother's have lost their homes, millions more have had to seek Food Stamps to pay for the basic necessities in life. There is no work for their husband's and they desperately try to keep him optimistic, hide their fear from their children, and go to bed with a nerve shaking despair about how they are going to make it through. Look in their faces at the store, they are weary.
From a Child's perspective, they know something is wrong. Younger children may not know anything other than this Great Recession. Older children may long for the days when there was vacations, new clothes, and a lot of food in the house. They may carry with them a security worry that they should never bear. Most devastating of all is that they may begin to believe their Father is a failure. Almost nothing on this Earth is more destructive to a child than that, nothing.
These families are everywhere and as much as Obama whines about it being Bush's fault, the fact of the matter remains that these families had houses, food, and jobs with W was President. The private sector is not doing just fine, Mr. President these are Dark Days, Dark Days Indeed.
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