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Everybody's Talking At Me

Every time I share with someone that my family is experiencing an economic downturn, I feel slightly sheepish.  Rationally, I know that I didn’t cause the real estate calamity nor the squeeze put on my husband’s business by slow-paying customers and no-lending banks.  But still, I feel like the failure sits squarely on my shoulders, making the admission feel almost like a confession of sorts.

But the responses I’ve gotten from many has illustrated just how far-reaching and widespread our economic doldrums have become. One colleague, when told why I had been unable to focus on a joint project, shared that her husband had just gone through the exact same thing.  An acquaintance, after being politely rebuffed after asking me for a donation, owned up that receipts in her business were down 25% over the past year.

Another person choked back a tear as she admitted that she had taken to shopping at thrift stores “not for the quirky or the funky” but for her everyday wear.  And a reader of this blog emailed me a consoling note, assuring me that I’m not alone. “Cheer up,” he wrote. “Before my business failed, I used to take potential clients out to lunch and dinner four-five times a week. Now it’s a big deal if my parents come to visit and pay for the pizza delivery. If I can get used to ramen noodles, you can survive whatever shit life throws at you.”

Who am I to discount a philosophy centered on ramen noodles?


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Oct. 27th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
I have also called for pizza..
And it does not make me feel embarrassed, I feel that is just becoming so attached to our current lifestyle, because we all are suffering the squeeze, and there is just a few who could look over their shoulders common people like us for calling for pizza or buying huge amounts of Ramen noodles just to get it for 80cents a serving.

Alex Mustang
Winnipeg Rentals
Oct. 27th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: I have also called for pizza..
I understand that there is truly nothing to be embarrassed about. Nevertheless, there's always a part of me that wonders how I got where I am, and if I'll ever be able to but organic spinach again.

Thanks, Alex!
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