Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A thought on being poor

Since starting this job, I have been spending many of my days in a building that is largely subsidized housing (our offices are in the lower level of the building). Because of where I work, something occurred to me about the many concerns and difficulties that poor people face. As I was coming into work today, I noticed a woman walking her dog out of the building.

It's then that it occurred to me that what would probably upset me most about not having a decent income would be the inability to fully care for the ones I love. I don't mean care for them in an emotional sense, as I don't think that type of caring knows any economic or social bounds. What I mean is "care for" in the sense of providing physical care for their well-being. Dodger recently needed surgery. Fortunately, we were able to afford surgery to make him better. But what if we couldn't? What if the only good solution for him was something that we simply didn't have the money to do?

I can't imagine anything that would hurt more than that. Not being able to care for him, or care for Marc, would be horrible. I don't know what the solution is, of course. After all, poverty has resisted a cure for a lot longer than I've been around. Still, that really struck me this morning. All the more reason to continue efforts to help those less fortunate, of course.

I guess it's just how that really smacked me in the face that prompted this post. I work for an organization dedicated to helping those in need, and Marc & I do what we can ourselves. Still, I hate to think what so many people face.

2 comments:

ATG said...

It does hurt. The vet recommended my dog have a suspicious lipoma removed because it may be cancerous. I chose not to have him undergo surgery for it, because I wouldn't be able to afford cancer treatment for him. Why put him through the surgery when the end result would be the same? I would just keep him comfortable and happy until his time came, and that's exactly how we're living life now. :)

Jess said...

I hear you, Angie. I hope he's doing well.

I remember being in school and running out of spending money, so I had no food for a day or two, but that pales in comparison.