I’ve been feeling very sluggish lately and I’m realizing more and more that my emotional state is the culprit. I really don’t want to come off as a complainer, or negative person; but what I do want to do is explore what the heck is going on in my head. Isn’t this blogging stuff supposed to be about that? Our deep thoughts? Anyway, don’t really think anyone who knows me actually reads my blog, so I’m safe.
Well, when our son was born I had to quit my job after trying to get them to let me either work from home or as a part-time employee. Yes, I feel that I have to interject that part–the effort I made to keep my employment in some form or another. That makes me feel better and that my intentions were not to become a deadbeat. What a conflict of emotions. It was ingrained in me while growing up that I was going to be a wife and SAHM (stay at home mom). It was the 1970’s and that’s what most women did. If they were working, when they had their babies, they quit work and stayed home to raise the kids. My time was a time that was this was still socially the norm, yet little by little women were making headway in the workplace. While attaining “careers” but still a rare breed. High school career day did not feature any careers for women aside from secretary. Ah, I’m blubbering and you get the idea. The other side of this is that I needed a job to make me feel valuable and useful, financially. Socially, if you do not have a job, you’re a worthless, lazy deadbeat.
So, I’ll start off by saying that I “know” that the work of the mom is THE most important work that anyone can do. It’s your job and responsibility to raise and teach your children to grow into GOOD people. Caring people, compassionate, smart, loving, giving, resourceful, and SUCCESSFUL, self-sufficient, independent people. In our case, “independent” and “self-sufficient” are particularly important. So. I know this…..
I’d really like to focus on my current day-to-day living. We are barely getting by and where it shows the most is with the food we buy. I love to cook and I love to cook with fresh everything, meat, veggies, cheese, and fresh spices preferably grown in my own backyard. Well, I can’t do any of those things now and it hurts me in every way. I love fresh ground coffee. I loved going to farmer’s markets in the summertime. I loved that occasional purchase of something totally different to what we’re used to buying. I know that hubby loves doing this, too, but we’ve long since stopped the extras and stuck with the bare necessities. What used to make me very happy was just going food shopping. Now, my hubby does that shopping and while I know that he’s trying to save money, the stuff he buys is not very healthy. I keep quiet because I know that he’s trying to do the best he can with the money (or credit) he has. Without getting into specifics, we are buying cheap. We practically purchase our food on a day-to-day basis, which means I cannot cook the way I want to cook. Heating up freezer food is not my idea of cooking and, indeed, it is NOT cooking at all. No leftovers to create another meal. No divided servings in the freezer from cooking a lot at once. No real ingredients on hand to put together something delicious at the last minute. Oh, but I can say that I did just that only yesterday. I made an awesome white bean dip with beans, mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes left over from March, a bit of left over sour cream and spices that have been in my cupboard, and a bit of honey. I made a meal out of that for myself and dipped pretzels in there. Believe it or not, it made me forget. It gave me control over the food.
Last year I took a canning class and I was so set on canning blueberries or whatever presented itself when I had the extra money to buy the ingredients. Well, it didn’t happen for the blueberries and not sure when, or with what I’ll be able to do this magic of canning. It’s a bit depressing since I did make sure to get all implements of canning last year, especially for the jellies, jams and preserves. What I did manage to can was about five jars of honey mustard. It came out thick, pastier than expected but then again I did “tweak” the recipe and so I had to deal with the result. Still, it tasted great and I was very happy with that batch~!
So, it’s not only about the food. It’s about the skyrocketing costs in gas and tolls, and the ability, or non-ability to bank. I do not have a bank account or even a credit card of my own. Don’t cry for me on that one because I am glad that I don’t have a credit card, but miserable that I don’t have a bank account. TOLLS. $28.00 in bridge tolls alone to visit my brother out on Long Island, NY, from Elizabeth, NJ. Same goes for Brooklyn, NY, my hometown. The Port Authority should be ASHAMED of themselves! So, what do I tell my family and friends when I say we can’t visit? It’s a bummer. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, a mere few miles away, and I can’t even visit there. I drive myself crazy trying to combine activities on trips, but that’s really not fair especially the last minute plans. It’s also about worrying about conserving gas and I end up not going out at all to meet up with friends. Our, or I should say MY lifestyle has changed so much and it’s not even like I’m used to luxury. Never had that, but I always managed to do something stupid to make myself feel like I’m doing something special. My old tricks are not effective any longer and so, I’m feeling a bit depressed. When I think of “luxury,” I think of going out for dinner at a nice restaurant, maybe take in a movie. Oh, and that diamond ring, earrings and necklace! (Ha, a leftover sentiment from my last post, Dream Home, Dream On. DH and I have given up on date night, let alone spring for a vacation. We probably don’t need a vacay since we’re not working, right?
DH is doing the best that he can. He finally got his degree and even substituted five days the last week of school. However, he is now finding out what I’ve known all along… that there are no jobs out there. I have sacrificed the skills and experience that I have, professionally, and applying for supermarket jobs, preferably for overnight, or late night. I realize that this is needed as DH really needs to work daytime and I can comfortably work nighttime. DH has applied several places and has not received back a whisper of interest. This is definitely depressing, especially since we really need health insurance. Nobody is offering health insurance these days. Yeah, and on that topic, I really want to know if the president and congress will give up their gold card health insurance plans and put themselves on Obamacare with the rest of this country. Congress! That’s a whole other disgrace~!
I might paint a pretty awful picture, and I tried not to get “complaintive” with it. When I think about it, I’ve got to be grateful for what I do have. What we do have, at least for this month, is a roof over our heads and an air conditioner that works. Maybe we should start really worrying when we can’t get provide the basics for our eight year old boy. Also, if I were working, I’d never have adequate time to advocate and prepare for his educational needs. I’d never have the time to research and go for training on Autism. So what the HECK. Something’s got to give. Unfortunately, I can’t get paid to advocate for my child. I’d love to feel free enough to devote my time for what I think is truly important–my son’s education. If I were working, I’d never have found out, as soon as I did, about the school district re-drawing the school borders, effectively kicking my son out of his present school and into another one. So, this week I had the time to research into that, make and keep an appointment with our principal, then write and hand deliver a letter requesting they make an exception for my son and keep him in his current school. HO LY Crap! Counting my blessings on THAT one.
I have a great husband, beautiful son, and I am so very proud of both of them. I wish that I could get rid of this feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach, but I can’t. It’s with me day and night. I postpone waking up in the morning for as long as I can. My doctor says that stress is not good for me right now and I look at him and wonder why I came to see him in the first place. No way this stress is leaving any time soon, but you can be sure that when my son wants a cuddle, I will give him the best cuddle I can give.
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