I saw it on Facebook again, "Share if you think Welfare recipients should undergo drug tests before receiving their benefits."
I get it. I do.
But, to my friend who shared this on Facebook today ...
I am your target.
I know you didn't know and I know that your post wasn't directed at me.
No one knows that I am on Welfare.
Accepting government assistance is the most shameful thing I have ever had to do and I am reminded how shameful it is every time I make an appointment at the government office, every time I tell my friends and family I have an "appointment" today and let them believe it is a doctors appointment instead of a WIC appointment, every time I get asked the personal questions at the office, every time I hide my WIC checks in my purse while shopping, every time I cringe when I see a friend at the store and I am standing in front of blocks of cheese praying they don't know why I am standing there, every time I have to hold up a line because I have to separate my transactions, every time a cashier gives me a hard time that this isn't accepted for my program even though I spent 20 extra minutes making sure all of my items were acceptable.
But I would take your drug test ... not just because I would pass it but because I would do whatever it takes to feed my children quality food.
I save money wherever I can.
I buy groceries that are on sale.
I shop at multiple stores to get better deals.
I have Netflix instead of cable.
I have a Tracfone instead of an iPhone.
I can't remember the last time I got a manicure
and I have never had my hair dyed professionally.
My husband and I haven't had a date night since our anniversary because we can't afford to pay a babysitter AND go out to dinner.
I don't blame you.
All I ask is that you hesitate before hitting share on that picture. Your friends and family are the ones who see your posts ... and we are the target.