For starters , I am a single mom who has two amazing , smart, talented and helpful children. They are typical teenage boys; one a Boy Scout and one a baseball player. Whoever said teenage boys will eat you out of house and home was not exaggerating.
Life changes after a divorce and my then young boys learned quickly between "needs" and "wants". While they were young I was a stay at home mom. As soon as I became separated, I quickly pounded the pavement desperate to find a job, any job. Having been out of the work world for a while, it was extremely difficult to find something that would pay me enough money to meet my kids needs let alone wants.
Did I mention, I live in the top five most expensive counties in this country? Many have said , why don't you move somewhere less expensive, trust me I have wanted to, however my divorce agreement will not let me leave the area until my boys graduate from high school. At this point several years ago, I felt like I was in quicksand, sinking by the day. It was a constant struggle whether to buy groceries or pay the electric bill. I pray the boys dont remember the times we were "camping" in our own house (I made a game out of it) and we used flashlights to see. Or other times when we had to find creative ways to cool off in the oppressive heat with no air conditioning.
In the last six years, we have moved four times. Each rental has been within 1 mile of each other. Moving is hideously expensive, each time costing upwards of $1000 to move , just down the street or around the block. Here we are again, having to move as our lease term is ending and it looks like they will be selling my place in the near future.
We have found a new place that will allow for a three year lease (which is amazing) because that isn't the norm out here.
The monkey wrench in this equation is we need to come up with $1900 for security deposit and estimated moving expenses between $850-$1000 in a very short amount of time.
I realize this is not a small amount of money and we would be most appreciative for even the smallest contribution to our move. I also realize there are far more deserving individuals and families who have been through far worse than us (victims of terror, domestic violence, people losing homes to fire or worse because they need money to pay medical bills for a sick child), but at the end of the day this is our reality.
Pride has been swallowed and the boys and I thank you in advance.
- Joanna S
Lauren Targoff Abrams