TI’m a 43 year old mother of 2 wonderful boys. I seem to have nothing but bad luck these last few years. I’ve struggled since their father and I separated 9 years ago. I do not smoke, drink, do drugs, shop, eat out or even have my hair cut. I had a beautiful apartment and a car and my boys had everything they needed. After we split up I lost everything, one thing at a time. They are 17 (about to graduate) and 13. They do great in school and are polite respectfull children. But I see the difference in them since everything changed and I can also see the disappointment. I can’t give them what their friends have. I was working 2 jobs but had to quit my night job since my car accident. I am lucky enough to be able to get a ride to and from my day job from my boss. We donate our time to the local food pantry and along with our immediate family put on our local crop walk each year to raise money for our local food pantry and for other close food pantries.
This is the first year that I’m unable to do anything at all for Christmas and for my youngest sons birthday, 5 days after Christmas. It’s a 2001 Toyota Camry. The cost for repairs is just over $900 and that is parts only. It needs a bumper, radiator, headlights, hood and a few things, brackets and stuff. Each time i think i can start saving something else comes up. It’s truly devastating and each day gets harder to deal with it. I keep my happy face on for them but nights are tough. I have managed to keep my smile in front of everyone. People must scratch their heads and wonder why my situation doesn’t bother me. But whining and complaining will get me nowhere. I’m a hard worker and am willing to do whatever it takes. I just need a little push in the right direction.
I just want to get back on track and give them the life they deserve. Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas on where to look for help, ANYTHING, would be greatly appreciated. I’d give a limb to make this right. I just feel lost.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and Happy Holidays.