My co-worker's husband was laid off yesterday.
I am ashamed to admit that one of my first thoughts was, "Glad it wasn't me."
Oh, I know that makes me an awful person. I do. And I immediately regretted the thought, but it happened, and I'm just being honest.
Then reality started to sink in. With the economy and the job market in such a volatile condition right now, it could be me. It could have been anyone. Very scary realization. I mean, here's someone who was good at their job, and was let go not because of performance, but simply because of tenure (more specifically, lack of tenure).
I have been at my current position for one year as of Wednesday. Scary.
So now this family of five, with one child still in daycare full time, has to figure out what to do. Yes, they were financially responsible. They have money saved, they did not overextend themselves, and their bills are all manageable. But that doesn't make it any less anxiety-inducing. I feel for them, and hope they make it through this time relatively unscathed.
What is really frustrating is that there are many people out there, who, through no fault of their own, are tightly strapped for cash. They didn't take out risky mortgages or pile on the credit card debt. They didn't do a poor job at work. They simply had bad luck. I feel for these people, much more so than the homeowners/borrowers who caused or at least partly caused their own problems.
Maybe that makes me slightly heartless, but it's how I feel, and this is my blog. So there you have it. If I want to choose to feel sorry for one group and not another, I can certainly do so.
I do fervently hope that the economy turns around soon, as truly everyone is affected in some way. I avoid looking at my 401K, for example. I hope the House passes the bail-out bill today, and I hope it works. I hate the fact that my tax dollars are paying for someone else's poor judgement, but I realize that we need a major change, or everyone will suffer.
On a happier note, my best friend is getting married tomorrow, and I am so excited for her! My husband and I are going to the rehearsal tonight, and then I have to be at her house tomorrow morning at 7 for hair and make-up. Talk about a long day! We are both going to be exhausted, so no posting for me until Sunday at least.