Looking at my life, I know I have it pretty good. Great kids. Supportive husband. Nice house. Loyal friends. For us, life seems to get better with each passing year.
My brother and I have shared several conversations recently about the state of the economy. I hear him but admit in my insulated bubble I don’t feel the pinch. It’s hard to understand the depth and devastation of long-term unemployment, living without health insurance or losing a home unless it happens to you.
I’m thinking of all these things as I return from a trip to Over-the-Rhine to drop off boxes of toothpaste, laundry detergent and bath towels as part of a school collection for the Make a Difference committee that I co-chair.
Looking down Vine Street, it’s hard not to see in very concrete terms how a bad economy continues to effect the quality of life for so many in our community.
I won’t insult anyone by claiming I understand how it feels, because I don’t. What I will do is appreciate what I have and not take it for granted.