I read a disturbing letter today in the Irish Times.
http://www.irishtimes.com/letters/ It describes a family from Tralee who haven’t enough money to feed their children, as all their dole money goes to pay their mortgage. I re-read it twice, thinking that it must be a famine letter, or written during the Strike lock-out in Dbli in 1913. Sadly it was a written a few days ago.
I think a lot about what I am going to write on this blog – how to keep it upbeat and funny. How to find that silver lining. I have a list of possible topics and a backlog of funny stories that will keep me going for the next few entries. Never, did I think that one of them would be about being able to feed my children.
Read this letter – copied below – and I am sure, like me, you will find a new positive. We have healthy well-fed children and in this climate, that is most definitely a positive. A few years ago, we could never have envisioned these dire events – but we live in different times now.
Read this and ask what we can do, to stop this happening? locally? Nationally? Personally?
Sir, – As I write this letter I am hoping that sleep can provide me with some escape from the anxiety and pain that the economic situation is wreaking on me and my family.
Until recently I have been able to meet my mortgage repayments and provide for my young children. At this juncture, seeing as the part-time work on which I depended has entirely ceased, I have found myself and my loved ones having to cope with a new torment – hunger.
Today I have had nothing to give my children only bread and cereal. My dole payment is completely servicing my mortgage and my savings have run dry on essentials. I dread what each day will bring.
The wolf that I have been keeping from the door has finally moved in. – Yours, etc,’