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Pauper Cannwin

Well, today I was issued an EBT card, which, for those who don't know, means that you are now paying for my food.

I'm not sure how I feel about this situation. It's one of those inevitables of a husband who can't work and a wife who makes $7.50 an hour, I guess. It just takes a lot of humility to go down to the Social Services office and fill out all of that paper work that says, "Yes, I am dirt poor."

And for all of you who might be grumbling about having to feed my children while I have access to the internet... I don't. I just get these random waves that float over my house from the direction of the neighbor's and they just 'happen' to work on my internet connection. I don't have any cable television either, or car payments so you can be comforted in knowing that I have eliminated any frivolities that might have inhibited my ability to feed them myself. And rest assured my tax paying friends, we will only be like this for 3 years and then we can take over buying our own food again. ;)

Until then, many thanks and prayers in your direction. I promsie I won't let you down, and I'll work my hardest to make sure you pay the least bit you have to.

Comments

Lisa said…
I understand. We are about to join your ranks come January for 3 years as well. You do what you gotta do to make it.
CJ Harley said…
I'm sorry to hear that, and I know that you'll work through it. Keep thinking that it is only temporary and something wonderful will happen.
cannwin said…
cj, thank you so much. It has really taken an edge off our stress level to not have to worry about budgeting for food. It's exactly what we needed to make it through.

lisa,
Is jared going to law school!? or what? ooh, do tell.
KMullins said…
I can only imagine how bad that had to suck, no scratch that... more times than I really care to admit I've been in situations where I didn't have enough money for food and my foolish pride wouldn't allow me to file for any type of assistance so I nearly starved to death (literally).

I could have so easily have found myself back there over the loss of my condo to the storm. I'm VERY blessed and in a situation where I can afford (even though I don't like it) to pay for both a mortgage AND rent an apartment until my place is livable again... so many of my neighbors aren't so lucky.

Let me just say that your family is exactly who these programs were designed for. Someone who finds themselves in a rough spot and needs a little boost to get back on your feet... not the usual someone looking to live off the system. Best of luck with everything.

Best of luck getting back to where you need to be.
Cheryl Tenney said…
Hey, you once paid for all of my children to be born. So it just payback right? Why the 3 years?
cannwin said…
Ah yes, the fated question. hehehe Robert is in Law School, it takes 3 years... and they aren't allowed to work more than 20 hours a week. Hence the government support and the three year time period.

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