Time slows down for no man! I don’t know if that’s an original thought or a quote from someone else. It applies to me of that I am sure. I’ve moved countless times during my 68 years on this planet. It seems the last few have been cross country affairs. There was Aiken, SC to Portland, OR life followed by the Portland, OR to Uxbridge, MA jaunt. 😦
Wth each massive relocation I leave behind everyone I know and love to move to a strange land with strange new cultures and climates. Take the St. Louis, MO to Aiken, SC move as an example. I lost my job of 13 years, my wife of 9 years, and my truck to repossession, all in a span of a month.
All these drastic moves have had one thing in common, money. Or should I be more specific, work. I retired in 2010 primarily because of the recession that swept across the country. When the recovery came suddenly my Social Security check combined with a small retirement check from my 13 years at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis was insufficient to rent a closet size apartment in the Northwest. Trust me when I tell you I lived for 4 years in a 13’x13′ sub-studio apartment that suddenly cost me over $850 a month without any utilities included. I was, again, forced to relocate.
If I’ve learned anything by all of these things happening it’s that we’re constantly being challenged to just survive in this cruel world. Getting older in our country has damn few benefits. Do you know that my Social Security income is less than unemployment benefits in Oregon? Did you know that unemployment benefits were never intended to be sufficient to live on full time. What’s that say about Social security, a dying government program. Medicare will die next! I can’t even afford Medicare on my fixed income but I have VA medical coverage that covers almost everything, as long as you don’t care about your teeth. 😦
So I’ve learned to trust in God to fulfill His promise to take care of us in all things and all ways. Just keep your possessions lightly packed because you might be moving again at any instant. LOL God bless!
South Carolina Friends – Jack, Marion, Sam
Portland, OR Friends – Dianne, Donna, Pat
More Portland, OR Friends
Uxbridge, Massachusetts Friends – Marsha, Pete, Edith, Sue, Omer, Mary