Upper Middle Class Poor and Mules of Society
I had a full time career most of my life, worked part time most of my time raising my children. My husband worked profeesionally very hard full time and still does. We both contributed to saving and buying our first house, doing IVF to try and have children, and then to go on to adopt our two children. Eventually the last few years I became a SAHM as we had just moved and I have a Child with special needs. While my husband makes an excellent living we stll feel as if we can't believe how we can't afford a decent vacation, go out to dinner and go beyond the basics. We do make sure our kids have what they need, good Health insurance, live in a good neighborhood with excellent schools, have home cooked dinners as a family and are involved parents. My eldest daughter was told to get a job if she wants more then what we can and should provide to appreciate what she has with what she earns. Both my chldren knock on wood are good students and good kids but we have had some major setbacks and paid for them. We can only afford to raise two children. So when I look around and see I had to pull my daughter with special needs out of a school she could of used because the tuition became too high and we did not qualify for a scholarship or help in any way (while our tuition money was also being used to fund other families scholarships) and then found out a mother had three kids attending school free really made me mad. Or that we are constantly asked to help other families with school supplies and backpacks,clothes and I see them walking around in $150 dollar sneakers, designer clothes with a cell phone while I am out buying at payless and wallmart. Or go to the grocery store and pay 2x fmore or a item from the WIC approved food program as if I can afford all those increases. I eat less meat and a lot more spaghetti these days. Every where I turn we are unable to access any help or the same as the people we are asked to help. Why should I have to go back to work to keep this program up and others do not, but want our money? I know I sound angry but I am not, I'm just disgusted.