Thursday, June 11, 2009
Up until today, our family has been able to maneuver through these economic hard times pretty much unscathed.
So when blessings are counted we consider ourselves very lucky and feel nothing but empathy for those that are not so fortunate.
That said, today our son Kevin, whom I just wrote about having a car accident, was laid off from his job at a local farm.
Milk prices are down for the farmers and the co-ops, and the owners of the farm are selling all their cows just to be able to keep their family farm from going into foreclosure.
This co-op that the farmers belong to and that buys and distributes their milk, are trying to buy up milk cows as fast as they can. They then sell them to a slaughter house.
So less milk cows, means less milk, means supply will be lower, demand will stay the same and prices will rise.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm..sounds all to familiar and not a new tale by any means.
Unfortunately the cows and Kevin's job, along with at least five other jobs on this particular farm, are just collateral damage.
A trickle down affect from the ailing economy or just business as usual?
A little of both I tend to believe.
Like most of you, I wake up every morning to news reports of plant closings, homes in foreclosure, tax increases, tent cities, 401Ks wiped out, huge government deficits...unsustainable spending and the list keeps on growing by the day. Kevin's job loss is just a tiny part of this over all down turn that's affecting so many Americans.
On the brighter side and there always is one...Kevin has wanted to work for The National Park Service for some time now, and has had his application in for a job for quite a while. He hasn't pursued it as diligently as he probably should have and has been holding off lately because of the economy, and the fear of not having a
Now with a new car loan to pay, he is a bit uneasy, but upbeat at the same time.
Sometimes life doesn't wait for you to be ready, sometimes life throws curve balls and your job is to catch the balls and run with them.
So some things happen for a reason and Kevin is looking forward to the future.
In true Kevin lingo, "I'll only really miss the cows and the kitties."
So when a door closes, a window opens...and Kevin will be ready to go through this time.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every situation: an optimist see the opportunity in every difficulty"
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)