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A man feels frustrated when he is let go of his job.

I don't know what I am going to do.

I was let go at my job.  I was an auto mechanic; then the place I was employed at started "downsizing", and I happened to be one of those who were "let go".  I am now going to have to find employment elsewhere.

It couldn't have happened at a worse time, not with the bills and the ever-rising cost of gas (or everything else).  Add to that, caring for my bedridden mother who lives with us, as well as tending to the needs of my wife and kids.

I have been out of a job now for the past week and a half, and it's something I cannot get used to.  I have been trained in getting up before the sun and being out the door by seven/eight o'clock every morning.  Now the days stretch out before me like a big, empty field.

I don't know what I am going to do when the bills start rolling in.  Right now, I can manage because I am on unemployment; expect to get my first check next week, but until then, I have no money.  Thank God Elsie (my wife) works part time; if it were not for that (or my unemployment), we'd probably be on the street within a period of a few months!

It won't be so bad once the unemployment kicks in, but I won't be making nearly as much money as I did when I was working.  I worked at the auto mechanic garage for the past two years.  I thought my job was safe and secure.  I couldn't have been more wrong.  The boss had told us that he was downsizing, and some of us would be let go.  I just didn't think it would happen to ME, of all people.

Not working is something I am having a hard time getting used to.  I am not used to being home with the children, and I am not used to my wife going to work while I stay home and try to take care of things here.  It is an entirely new concept for me, and I am having a very hard time in dealing with it.

Just say some prayers for me; pray that the unemployment checks start rolling in, and pray that I find a new job as soon as possible!  I have a family to take care of, and I have bills to pay!  I would greatly appreciate it!  Thanks in advance!

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 3/17/2011
He has a skill that will always be in demand. Yes he has hit a rough patch. Pity those with no skills. Patrick
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 3/17/2011
My, God, what a familiar story! The lady that grooms my dog has been in the same location building her business for the past twenty years. Now she was given notice and must be out of her location by April one... Yes, she has a lot of faithful customers that like what she does with their dogs and trust her with their dogs, but these customers will only be faithful until next month when their dog need grooming again, then they will go elsewhere because, no matter how good a groomer Tammie is, her customer base must be no more than about a five mile radius and her customers will only be loyal so long as she is convenient. (this may be a good story for you as only you can write)
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/16/2011
Sad that so many are in this situation, well told story
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/16/2011
A lot of people in this man's situation ... sad. Economy improving, my rear end. :/ Tell that to those who lose their jobs. Excellent story, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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