Last night a young teen knocked on our door around 11:00 asking for food. My husband and I were up, the lights were on, and we live in a nice neighborhood. The obviously well loved teen had some parents who were just struggling to make ends meet. Anyone with a teenage boy know how much they eat and his parents just couldn’t provide enough for his growing body. His situation was not about bad parents, by any means, just a good family on hard times.
As our local Food Share is struggling to meet demand of our local hungry families, I can’t help but feel pangs of empathy for our many struggling families in the Salem-Keizer Oregon area. While we may be officially out of a recession that doesn’t mean that things are going to ramp up quickly any time soon. I fear that the knock on my door, may become more common place.
As I was arguing with my 9 year old son this morning about the importance of taking a shower, it is easy to forget about the many good people out there that are struggling in this economy as we get wrapped up in our own lives and situations. I know for many real estate agents 2009 was a difficult year financially. The number of agents that have left the large brokerages and started their own small independent ones has grown a lot this year. As I look at the nice big turkey in my fridge that will provide ample leftovers for my kids for a couple of days, I just wanted to say thank you to all my readers out there. Some of you have chosen me as your agent to help you buy or sell a house. Some of you may be lurking out there thinking about using me as your agent and some of you just comment on my posts, which always makes my day.
Thank you for allowing me to have a presence in your life. May your Thanksgiving be a happy and thankful one.