Making The Most Of A Bad Situation
Last night, I met a young man who recently lost his job. He, his wife and little boy and young daughter were all out in their yard. They had already signed our petition a few weeks back, and I was there with a “change of address” form so that his petition signature would match his voter address.
We spoke about the struggle to survive in this economy. We talked about how hard it is for our young children to understand that we just don’t have the money to do the things we did a year ago. His daughter was asking to go to Ryan’s earlier that day and his heart broke to tell her that he couldn’t fulfill that simple wish.
My heart broke and though I don’t have much excess cash these days, I handed him most of what I did have in my pocket and encouraged him to hang in there.
We were two complete strangers, standing in the streets of this great city struggling to meet our obligations and commitments to our family. We both hugged, teared up, smiled, then agreed…we will not let our situation define us nor defeat us.