Feeling poor?

Do you ever feel like life is catching up to you, especially financially, and it seems like everything you do seems to get you further into debt and thus into the proverbial “hole”?  Well, I have a real-life story for you.

Everyday on my way into work, I pick up a lady who lives down the road from me, and take her to where she meets up with yet another person who takes her into town (Halifax).  She is attending college and the second person with whom she meets up with is a teacher at the school.  She is totally reliant on myself and this other person to get her to where she needs to be, as far as getting rides into school (and sometimes back home).  I don’t have a problem with this lady, she likes to talk, but thats ok, but she is in quite a situation.  She is a single mother with two kids, one of whom is at that tender age of 19 where they think they know everything and as such has decided to move out.  This actually has put her in an even worse off situation as she was and still is on social assistance, but the fact that she had two kids living at home allowed her to also receive child support from the government for them which basically allowed them to survive in the location they are in, just barely.  So since the one child has moved out, she no longer gets that additional money, thus she is having an even harder time making ends meet.  A few months ago her telephone got cut off for lack of payment.  Well it is an inconvenience but its not life threatening.  It makes her being able to do school work remotely a little difficult as all she had access to as far as the internet goes was a dialup connection.  Now its gone.

Now being winter time in Canada is usually hard enough without any additional crap happening to you, but she is now in a position where she doesn’t have any heating oil for her furnace, nor the finances available to afford delivery.  She has been living off of electric heaters placed in the rooms where they happen to be doing stuff and when they goto bed they have these heaters in their rooms with them.  Between my wife and I we have helped out both financially and in other ways like picking her up and taking her places and stuff like that, but we simply can’t afford to continue to do that ourselves.  We have our own bills and debts to contend with.  Its difficult seeing another person living like this.  She was telling me this morning that she has some funds to purchase some heating oil but not enough to warrant a delivery of it by any of the local delivery companies.  They require a certain amount of oil to be purchased before they’ll consider delivering it.  I have in the past, both for her and ourselves, taken oil cans and purchased some at a local gas station that has it available and had to put it in myself, which in and unto itself is difficult to do especially when you have to lift up the full gas cans to about head hight to pour it into the fuel tanks.  Physically I can do it, but I have never been able to do it without spilling fuel all over me, and I swore awhile ago that I would never have to do that again.  Today we are being told that a blizzard is on its way tonight.  High winds and lots of snow and here is this lady, with her young child, stuck in a house, perhaps for days after the storm with no way to keep themselves warm, but also not having any access out and no way to call anyone for assistance should it be required.  She lives up on a hill so her driveway always needs to be cleared of snow or else no one can get up there.  By the sounds of it I am going to have to take her to go and get some oil, I’m just hoping that the upcoming storm will hold out until I can take her.  Its something I really don’t want to have to do (deal with heating oil), but this lady has no one else that can/will help her.  I feel sorry for her and I almost want to just say to her and her kid that they could just move in, temporarily, with us, but I don’t know if I could stand that.  In any case, I’ll likely do what I can and see what happens.

Whenever I get feeling down about my situation I think of the situation this lady is in and the reality of it all becomes quite clear.  In alot of ways, I have it pretty good and for that I am thankful.


A man was in a terrible accident, and his “manhood” was mangled and torn from his body. His doctor assured him that modern medicine could give him back his manhood, but that his insurance wouldn’t cover the surgery, since it was considered cosmetic.

The doctor said that the cost would be $3500 for small, $6500 for medium, and $14,000 for large. The man was sure he wanted a large, but the doctor urged him to talk it over with his wife before he made any decision.

The man called his wife on the phone and explained their options.

The doctor came back into the room, and found the man looking quite dejected.

“Well, what have the two of you decided?” asked the doctor.

The man answered, “She’d rather remodel the kitchen.”

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One Response to “Feeling poor?”

  1. Heidi Says:

    It’s true… no matter how rough we may think we have it personally, there is always someone out there that is truly struggling.

    I feel so bad for this lady…

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