Country Living Series

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Boo hoo, cry me a river

Here's my WND column for this weekend, originally titled "Boo hoo, cry me a river" (now retitled; I guess my editor decided it was a bit too biting).

I was, ahem, a bit steamed when I wrote it.

19 comments:

  1. I'm tired of people whining when they don't get to do exactly what they want at work. When you work for someone else, you work for someone else. You aren't the boss. I pray that the new administration works for the people who elected them.
    For those who lost their jobs as a result of the election, get a job. A REAL job. And STOP WHINING! You weren't concerned when the coal miners I know lost their jobs. You weren't concerned when my coworkers were laid off. You weren't concerned that health insurance premiums increased so much that my kids are wondering how to pay for it, and one son can't afford it at all.
    Welcome to the world you helped to create. I hope you have a change of heart about the American workers who have been supporting our country.

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  2. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." - Galatians 6:7

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  3. I pretty much agree with your column, Patrice. Although, for the mea culpa Bibe verse, I'd have used the larger passage:

    Rom 12:17-21 (ESV)
    "17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

    God bless, and have a great 2017!
    Ron

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  5. A very nice piece of writing, Patrice.

    One of my favorite lines from the soon to be unemployed is this: “How do I recalibrate my dreams?” rhetorically asked one woman. There is one of the big problems. They don't seem to realize that dreams are just that. Dreams. They aren't reality. How many of us have attained their dream job? I certainly didn't. My father and grandfather didn't. I had planned to be a biology teacher ever since I was young. In my senior year of high school I received some bad guidance about the lack of teaching jobs at the time, so I didn't attend college. I ended up with a production job at Westinghouse. Certainly not my dream career, but I made good money, got married and was pretty happy. Then I got laid off two years later and the plant closed shortly after. During the mid seventies there weren't too many jobs available anywhere. I ended up going to machinist school on a Manpower Program, pumped gas on the weekends and did odd jobs around the neighborhood. After I graduated there were still no good paying jobs around even for machinists. I worked full time in a sweat shop for minimum wage and no benefits during the day and part time in another during the evening to make ends meet. I put in a job application at a Mobil Chemical plant hoping that I would at least be hired into their labor pool. One day they called and offered me a position as a lab technician in training. The pay was pretty good, decent benefits and they also paid for me to go to night school for a chemistry degree after I was there for about a year. Finished school, worked my way up into the chemist ranks and finally retired three years ago after being there close to 40 years. Was any of that what I had originally dreamed of? No, but sometimes we need to adjust our dreams along the way to fit in with reality. I must say that I ended up with a good life, a good wife, a beautiful daughter and a career. Maybe that was what I dreamed about, but just didn't know it at the time........

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    1. I think this is true of a lot of us. Your story is similar to my own in that I ended up studying something I never got a job in. I have tried multiple versions of my "dream" job, but they are simply that - dreams. The thing I least expected to do in school - science related - is the job that has paid for my family all these years. Not what I had planned and certainly (still) not my dream - but one tends to like to have the simple things like a place to live and food to eat and clothes to wear.

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  6. I liked the original title better!

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  7. The vast majority of deadbeat useless government employees will be unaffected by the change in administration. They will show up for paychecks just like they did under Obama. Wake me up when their paychecks bounce.
    Montana Guy

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  8. You are a nice person. I am not. Every one of those [string of expletives in several foreign languages] is an active enemy of our country and Constitution. They chose their path. I hope that being employed by the DNC, the Obama regime, or their allies means that no private employer will ever hire them. I want them in the welfare trap, as we cut back on welfare. They are TWANLOC and deserve everything they get. If Hillary had won, they would have gladly put us in death camps.

    Subotai Bahadur

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  9. The original title was perfect. They are the biggest group of whine all day babies this country has seen in years. But, they must have hope. Jobs are out there. After a particularly tough financial year, my husband sought off farm work. It was abundant! he was a UPS helper delivering packages over Christmas, He's working two days a week for an organic livestock farmer near us and another two days a week for a grain farmer in the other direction. he makes deliveries for yet another company and he is interviewing for a custodial job in the county courthouse tomorrow. Not an easy transition for a 54 year old but all his new employers love him. Why? He's not above any job, he shows up every day to work, he shows up on time for work, he does what his boss of the day asks him to do. All skills our countries youth, lack.

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  10. The original title was perfect. They are the biggest group of whine all day babies this country has seen in years. But, they must have hope. Jobs are out there. After a particularly tough financial year, my husband sought off farm work. It was abundant! he was a UPS helper delivering packages over Christmas, He's working two days a week for an organic livestock farmer near us and another two days a week for a grain farmer in the other direction. he makes deliveries for yet another company and he is interviewing for a custodial job in the county courthouse tomorrow. Not an easy transition for a 54 year old but all his new employers love him. Why? He's not above any job, he shows up every day to work, he shows up on time for work, he does what his boss of the day asks him to do. All skills our countries youth, lack.

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  11. I,too, liked the first title better.

    In line with what taminator013 wrote. I had a career in accounting. How'd I pick accounting? Well, I was seriously under/unemployed for a few years and when I was job hunting I noticed there were always pages of help wanted ads for accountants. So off to night school I went while working through a number of day and weekend jobs to survive. It was not my dream job but I had a good life.

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  12. I belong to the generation and the strata (middle-class and academically gifted) kids who were encouraged to "dream big" and "chase those dreams." And chase them we did. Quite a lot of my peers are alcoholics, thrice-divorced, and miserable.

    They told me I was wasting myself when I went to nursing school. The absolutely had kittens when I chose to stay home and raise kids. Well, I'm better off than they are!!

    I note that a lot of the "less bright" kids I grew up with (you know, the ones liberals pity), the ones who were not fed a steady diet of "Follow your dreams!!" and "You can do anything!!" but were instead taught life skills, a work ethic, and a trade, are also quite a bit better off than the star-chasers.

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    1. Sounds like you should be a great example for the mikeroweWORKS foundation.

      Mike Rowe ("Dirty Jobs", Ford trucks, Maytag guy) has long been a proponent of the skilled trades, and his foundation provides scholarships for students to attend trade schools.

      If you know any non-snowflake members of the Millennial generation, it might be worth checking out.

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    2. I have a non-snowflake in high school right now. Will definitely take a look at Mike Rowe for her. Might think about it myself, too-- my baby is almost 5; I can't seem to stomach the idea of remaining a SAHM without any stay-at-home kids. I'm only 39. My heavy lifting days are numbered, but that's no reason why I couldn't be a plumber or an electrician.

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  13. I hope you and yours had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and are having a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. May we display your linked header on our new site directory, SiteHoundSniffs.com? As it is now, the site title (linked back to its home page) is listed, and we think displaying the linked header will attract more attention.

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  14. I will say that I am working my dream job, but it is primarily due to my perspective and not specifically the job at hand. Growing up my dream job was pretty broad. I just wanted to make a living that was respectable, stable, provided a wage that would sustain my family and had benefits. I didn't pigeon hole myself and have found a career that covers everything I need it to (need, not want). And go figure, by being open to possibilities, learning useful skills, and doing the job that needs to be done, I get to do the things I want to do and I am grateful for it, not disappointed about missing out on some perceived perfect profession. -Karla

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  15. Your post was just perfect. I know these people, and believe me, they think that they are more than entitled to the best of everything. Not working for it-just entitled. It's all "me, mine, I, I, I" in every sentence. I'm a minority, I'm gay, I'm a transgender: evidently this makes them singularly special. I have no qualms about wishing them instant karma.
    True story; I applied for an admin assist job at a major financial brokers office. My work background is impeccable, I am skilled in office requirements, I have handled $100,000 a month clients for my previous employer-AT&T. I am also 60+. I did not get the job but a 23 year old honey bunny did. She had graduated from a prestigous university. The financial broker wanted someone younger to give his office a "youthful" feel. The young woman turned out to be drug addict who stole major dollars from brokerage accounts in her first 6 months. I hear that this broker now has a 68 yro gentleman working for him-a retired accountant.
    The world has lost perspective.

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