It’s time (beyond time) to pull the plug on this decade-long blog. Like everyone else on the planet we are currently dealing with living in a pandemic and that’s added uncertainties to our employment situations (yes, all the kids are old enough to work and all are employed in part-time jobs) and healthcare.

I’ve retired from my school position (grant funded) and am looking for something else with benefits to augment my part-time job with the library and my work as an Instacart shopper. We still live in town and enjoy the advantages.

We have never recovered from the difficulties brought on by the perfect storm of the collision of our own specific circumstances and the Great Recession. I’m approaching retirement age with no retirement other than social security and my own ability to work at whatever job I can find. We own no property and our assets are minimal.

Nevertheless the children are well. My oldest graduated from college in 2019. She is smart, caring, artistic and adventurous and immediately took off to an internship in Thailand followed by touring around Southeast Asia, getting back to the US just before covid-19 made it’s appearance in China, and while the pandemic has made her job hunt more difficult, I have faith that she will eventually find something that suits her.

My second daughter is studying theater management at the University of Evansville. She had her long awaited semester abroad disrupted by the pandemic and finished her classes online while camping out in the living room. A week ago she moved back to Evansville where she and friends are renting a house and she’s started a part-time retail job. Classes will resume in August in a combination of in-person and online formats.

My youngest daughter will be a senior this year and will take courses at both her high school and our local community college, graduating with several college credits under her belt. She then hopes to continue at the community college in their ASAP program to get her associates degree in accounting or mathematics. She works with me at the library and within 6 months of hiring saved enough money to purchase a car! She’s quite good at focusing on a goal and reaching it.

My son will be a junior and still lives for creating and building things. He’s not the best student unless he’s in engineering class (or math or science) and he’s a typical teenager who prefers to sleep until noon and stay up past midnight listening to music, watching YouTube and playing video games. He still collects Legos, but now he buys them with his own money being gainfully employed as a fast food worker 😉

Thank you to my readers and supporters over the past decade. It’s been a long strange trip and I’m not sure we would have made it this far without you. I still connect with folks on the Boxcarkids page on Facebook if you want to check in on us there.

Best of luck to all of you.


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