Unemployment. What a wake-up call I’ve had. Not that I lost my job, thank God, but I’ve never been more grateful for it. I have a job to offer someone. In three days, I’ve reviewed over 100 resumes for one loading dock job. Bankers, salesmen and women, white collar, blue collar, t-shirt. It’s been heartbreaking–all have basically the same story. Most have been at the same spot for close to 20 years and have been layed off. The only thing getting me through this grim process (some of the men are in tears and nearly beg) is that before the holiday, I’ll be able to give someone a wonderful Christmas gift.
Anyone feeling generous, please send a kind thought or prayer to a really, really wonderful guy named Tom. He’s my brother, and he has inoperable cancer. He just lost his mom, and while he has the best attitude of just about anyone I’ve ever met, he could use all good energy coming at him–even from strangers.
Thanks to everyone who took time to write me about my short free story at Samhain (see below). You are all very generous and what a gift to have heard from you!!!