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home : opinion : opinion October 27, 2020

9/20/2020 12:01:00 AM
Guest Column
Unemployment
Written September 4, 2020

Judge Rembert
Guest Columnist


If you are an adult...
If you tell the truth...
You have been unemployed...
You never forget the feeling...
You never forget the fear...
You never forget the stress...

You remember the stress of applying...
Applying for those jobs...
Jobs you did not want...
Jobs that were available...
While the jobs you wanted...
Wanted and needed were not available...
Jobs you were trained for...



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You remember the disappointment you felt...
Felt when you read the rejection letters...
One more dashed hope...
One more long night...
Nights filled with thoughts of bills...
Bills that would be coming in the mail...

You remember the search of the papers...
Adds that all sounded better than they were...
Filling out applications...
Answering the same question over and over...
Making sure to look neat and presentable...

You remember the call...
The call that told you that you got the job...
You remember the feeling of joy...
The feeling of relief...
You remember the smile that came on your face..
Maybe it was a letter or a call...
But you remember the moment...

Everyone says it is easier to get a job...
When you have a job...
It may not be the perfect job...
But it is a job with a paycheck...
Bills will be paid...
Lights will stay on...

Now in 2020 there were many people...
People who lost their jobs...
Think about these people...
Maybe you were one of the people...
The people who were not effected...
Effected by the virus...
But many people were...
Jobs were lost...
Lives were disrupted...

New jobs are being created...
She was retired...
But she prayed for the people effected...
She smiled when she heard...
Heard the news that new jobs were out there...

Unemployment is a scary word...
It is hard work to be unemployed...
Pay checks change lives...

More About Judge Rembert: WWII made Judge an only child when her half-brother was killed in the war. She lived in a tiny town in South Carolina until she was eight and her Mother went to work. She was sent to a boarding school in Belmont, N.C. From that time on she has lived back and forth in the two Carolinas. They are both home. She was born dyslexic and did not know what the problem was or that it had a name until she was about 45. She was unable to spell so she never put words on paper until she was 65 and had a computer with spell check. She comes from a long line of story tellers and a Mother that taught her much by telling stories. Stories about people and how they faced life and how they dealt with problems. If you read what she writes you may hear her Mother and her Grandmother talking to her. She is thrilled to know that anyone reads her words and finds them interesting. Oh, she is 75 now and she now makes her home in Aiken, S.C. If you like Judge’s writings or would like to comment on them let her know by emailing judgerembert@bellsouth.net.


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