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58 AND LOOKNG
Another story of unemployment through the eyes of a 58 year old...
Finding yourself unemployed whether male or female at this age can be a world wind of emotions, fear and uncertain times. Being as my generation should be retiring at this age we find ourselves empty alone and searching for a reason to get up in the morning. Facing weight gain, gray hair,wrinkles and not enjoying the reruns on TV. Children if you're lucky enough to have any really don't need you anymore and are too busy trying to find their place in the world.
Getting up in the morning isn't the hard part. I seem to think I'm the only one who is capable of waking each and every bird. So I sit outside on a patio I don't own in a condo I'm going to have to leave and wait for the sunrise, drinking coffee I shouldn't have in jogging pants so old they should be in a museum.
Filling out application after application which most managers will never read nor even open... Going on interviews and watching the facial expression on those 21 year old faces as I walk into the room just wanting a chance to try out for a job for $12/hr knowing that will never be enough to pay all he monthly bills... but wanting to do what is necessary to survive.
For all the unknown faces you see at the unemployment board there are hundreds more you do not see and will never meet, For all the baby boomers over 50 hunting for just a job to feel human, needed, wanted -- I can understand you. I know you. I am you.
We are the generation who took home economics and drafting in school. We are those who knew our milkman and iceman, the man who sharpened our kitchen knives for $1.00 right there at the curb on his stone wheel,neighborhood stores that allowed $25 credit for food needed 'til the next paycheck. That's right I remember when borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor who you cared about and knew.
We count too. We mean something to someone. We are willing to learn. We need jobs to keep us going. Even though we may only have a high school diploma, we will be there every day without being late. We will not be taking days off for little things as a fight with boyfriends-girlfriends or drinking binges. We will not use our cell phones during work or IPod wonders scanning the web for dates nor shopping on line. We just need a chance to fit in. We need that job, and we can do it.
WE NEED TO FIND WORK. WE ARE SOMEONE.
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