There are those days that you wake up and you seriously wonder what up is up and why everything you touch seems to not work properly. Nothing major - just enough to frustrate you.
The printer spazzed at the office ------ again. And once again seeing as I am the youngest person in the office it is automatically assumed that I can fix it.
Apparently I had on my magical super powers cape today because luck would have it I was able to fix it. Big shocker, I know. I was kinda surprised to. But I take any small victory I can get.
After work I ventured to the grocery store to get some stuff for myself along with some stuff for Marine's LAST care package (yes I did say LAST care package!!)
I get to the check out line where I received a stark realization...... people on food-stamps (and WIC) eat better than I do.
Rarely do I get on my soapbox but warning you here it goes. And I openly admit I'm pretty ignorant about food stamps and until this instance had never seen anyone using them.
Now I would not not consider myself well off, I'm more like working two jobs just to scrap by. And I know that now are hard times and that sometimes people need a little help, but I also think you must be willing to help yourself. Either way I could not help staring in envy at the buggy full of groceries and the fact the couple only owed 46 cents in the aftermath.
They were dressed nice and I heard them mention they had one kid and another one on the way.
Now Marine and I worry about having and being able to afford one kid here in this economy and here this couple in line in-front of me seemed to have no worries.
I glance at my shopping cart and this is what I had:
- Ramon Noodles $0.15 a pack (I had approximately 12 packs for Marine)
- Loaf of bread fresh from the bakery $0.90
- Sandwich meat $3.00
- Bag of Chips $2.98
- Cookie Snack Packs $2.50
- Carton of Strawberries $2.98
- Frozen Diners $2.50 each ( I had 3)
- Cans of Ravioli, Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti-os $1 each (on sale approximately 6 for Marine)
- Trail Mix $1.98 (For Marine)
- Plastic Container of Mixed Fruit $3.50 (for Marine)
- Pack of Twizzlers $1.50 (for Marine)
- Pack of Chicken Breasts $4.98
Before tax that makes a total of $39.62 --- this is my food for a week! Lunches and Diners (I bought cereal last week and a box lasts me about 2 weeks) plus stuff for Marine. That's pretty frugal if I say so myself. -- and I admit I will cheat one day and skip the bagged lunch in favor of Chick-fil-a, thats my splurge.
I watched in envy as the people ahead of me were loaded up with Watermelon and all sorts of other stuff.
I wasn't mad per say but more confused -- both of these people looked healthy and able to work. So why the need for food-stamps? I understand that the un-employment rate is high but there are jobs out there! It may not be a job you want but its a job! There for awhile I became a jack-of-all trades trying to make ends meet so if you're looking for sympathy I may not be the best one to go to. I still struggle and live paycheck to paycheck trying to save some money each week for my "rainy day fund"
but I don't complain. Ok maybe I complain at times, but still I was literally left thinking, HUH?!
And how is it that I'm working two jobs and they can afford to eat better than I do? lol
Kinda sad isn't it?