Monday, September 29, 2008

Keeping It Real


I think my neighbors are moving. They had their house on the market for a year and a half, and then it wasn't on the market, and it didn't sell, and now they're loading boxes.
Yesterday in church a family we know announced that they have taken their son out of school and are thinking of moving to Mexico because their house is in foreclosure, they are both out of work, and this is an opportunity to make a new start.
My house in town will be vacant in a few days. Hard times visited on our tenants, a family with six children, and they are moving. It's not just trashed. It's flop-house trashed.
I keep thinking that the market is not that bad in our area. That the economy is "not that bad" around here.
How bad is "not that bad" before it's just, you know, bad?
I want to focus on today's applesauce and cheese making extravaganza, but I am weighed down by sadness at the change of tide.
It can't be pushed back. I am completely powerless to help any of these situations; this is a "Be still and know that I am God" kind of a time. Every fiber of me is straining to find something to do, to fix it for my friends and neighbors and for myself. But I don't have $700 million, and money's not going to fix it anyway.
Maybe a little more canning. Or a drive through the countryside taking pictures as the leaves turn. The tide will still be going out and the economy will do what it will, but my worrying is not adding anything to the discussion.

5 comments:

Katie said...

The tide may go out and we may suffer another depression...

but...

the thing that is making me crazy this morning is the little baseball dude in lieu of the blogger B. I can't get over it...

LOL!

Amydeanne said...

boy oh boy... i keep hearing about stuff like this, but it's so hard to believe it's happening...

Misty said...

It's sad. Being a family who lost our house, and knowing countless friends who've gone through it, or are in the process, I just wonder when it will end. Are we truly a nation who has lived beyond our means for so long that we had this coming? Will be survive?

I get a little fearful... and then I read your post and get confused. Do you mean to say you are canning cheese?

Alexis - Chickie Momma said...

Thanks for your post! It reminds every one of us to button down the hatches, think ahead and to stop living as if we were going to be a millionaire in four years to pay off everything we're borrowing for now. It ain't gonna happen (had to throw "ain't" on your blog somewhere). It has certainly caused our family to have lots of what if discussions, and actually enabled us to have a little peace of mind because we have a plan. Don't ask what it is though, because we can't say - it's just a plan. hehe

Toni said...

"Be still and know that I am God" is my absolute most favorite scripture to quote. I use it often. And I'm sure I will be internalizing it frequently over the next few turbulent years.