My partner and I have fallen financially behind as a result of the pandemic. Many have. In our case, it is resulting in the loss of our home that we have rented for the last 4 years. We need to be out of our current home by January 1st, 2021.
He's a chef, and I'm a cellist, so our working lives have been greatly impacted by the crisis that continues to unfold. I also cope with severe PTSD symptoms, which have been significantly elevated by the pandemic and can be crippling at points in time.
Currently we have very little income, and the cost of moving so suddenly is completely impossible for us to attain. Nor do we have anywhere to go, currently. We don't have the funds to be able to find a place to live. I've applied for some relief from the State, but its currently such a slow process. Time has run out and we can not keep our home any longer. (No guarantee I'll get any help, either).
I have a greenhouse full of orchids that have become spectacular specimens, but their home is uncertain at this time. The grief I feel over the loss of my greenhouse overwhelms me, especially in the middle of winter. I've spent a lifetime caring for them, and this is also peak blooming season. I had plans to start an orchid business with them in the future, but now their future is quite uncertain.
We also care for a local cat colony, most of which we have raised from birth. They're my best friends, and help tremendously to support my mental health. While I do like the idea of some of them finding loving homes, I'm also quite likely to lose my babies. They're my kids.
Both my partner and I worked our asses off to prevent this, and did such an incredible job for many months! We've always gotten through tough times with love and support for each other, but this time it was more than we could bear. Nor are we alone right now, and we both count our blessings every day.
Amidst these times, the gratitude I feel in my heart continues to provide some comfort. So many people are frightened and suffering right now. But the sense of uncertainty and loss that I feel for my home and family right now really hurts... badly.
If you're able to help, I can't thank you enough. Nor can I think of anything better to say than "Thank You". I wish I had more to offer right now, but I can promise to return the favor to somebody else in need in the future! You have my word!
- Ashley Buchinger
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