I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time without the words really to say what I’m feeling. However, this weeks writing challenge has given me a bit of a boost in this matter, you could say. I guess getting a prompt would help an English major. Well, regardless, here are my thoughts on the subject.
It may not be the most creative thing to speak about, since they used the government shutdown as the example, but it’s one of the only things that has ever affected me, and the only one that I was aware of or cared about. I am in a long-term relationship with a beautiful girl at the moment. If you must know, we’ve been together for 10 months tomorrow. That may not be the relationship of a few years that you see some people in, but things haven’t even started to sour between us. Think what you will, it’s working. The only problem is how we met…. We met on the internet. Now, while we have used video chatting and other methods to keep in touch and see each other, we have never been able to meet in person. She lives several states away. It doesn’t help that both of us are of modest means at the moment, but she has been moving from place to place to get closer toward the ultimate goal of living together. She rarely lives in one place for more than a month before moving closer. Needless to say, she isn’t able to find a job in that time span, much less keep it long enough to get some money up. She is not far from being here, but she has been depending on food stamps and unemployment in the meantime. She was receiving them even before we got together, so she wasn’t just using them as travel funds. Don’t worry.
However, now that the government is shut down, progressively more government programs are getting cut off. We are both waiting for the time that unemployment or food stamps will stop. When the unemployment stops, she will be stuck where ever she happens to be at the time. If the food stamps stop, she will no longer be able to help those who take her in and be homeless. If both of them stop, it’s over. True, we weren’t using these government funds for the perhaps intended purpose, but we were using it for what I would think to be a creative and just as important use. Most “hardcore” conservatives would say that we are part of the problem, but I would just say that we are doing what we can to help her not need these programs. Especially in this economy, getting a job is not the easiest thing to do, and it is made even harder if you are on this job search alone. It’s good to have support, and it’s always nice to have love on your side. Queue collective gag reflex at gushiness. Regardless, if you are together and one manages to get a job, it helps support the other and lessens stress on the pair, rather than one getting a job and the other still having the same problems and stress.
We are both just praying that the measuring contest that is the American government will get its collective shit together so that the worst doesn’t happen. So that we aren’t separated permanently. So that we don’t lose contact. So that we don’t lose each other.