I moved to Florida, life seemed to fall apart, and I shut my mouth.
I didn't talk often about what was important to me, I felt unimportant.
I was no longer a valuable, contributing member of society. Or, so I thought.
I needed public assistance and was completely embarrassed. After all, isn't that what happens to those who don't take care of their responsibilities? Aren't food stamps for "slackers". Obamacare is for people who don't work, isn't it? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding "NO".
I did not want to bring attention to myself and my family, so I kept my mouth shut.
Well, the time has come... I am going to open my mouth. I am going to speak about what is important to myself and my family.
By keeping my mouth shut and not speaking up, I have added to the problem. I added to the misconception of the poor being uneducated and not worthy.
My children and I worked hard together. It may have been me bringing in the paycheck, but they contributed. They got along when we had no where to live but a two bedroom apartment. They smiled when I knew they were sad that Momma said, "We are going to Salvation Army for school clothes. We have to save."
Today, we have moved out of that situation. Things are still tough, and they will be for a long time. But, it is time for this Momma to stop hiding in a cave for fear of what the rest of the world thinks, and saying what is important.