I am watching "60 Minutes" as I write these words. They are talking about the company DHL is laying off hundreds and hundreds of people in the town of Wilmington, North Carolina.
I can relate.
In the part of the province where I am from, a chicken processing plant announced last week that it is shedding some 300 jobs. I know people who work there. Many of them, God love them, are poorly educated folks who have been working at these jobs for millenia. All they know is what they do at this plant. With that closing, who knows what they will do, and what will happen to them?
I have a job. I like it a lot, even on days when I get frustrated by something I am not learning as fast as I feel I should. But even at my previous job, which I hated, I knew that I was better off working there, unhappy as heck, than I would be if I were not working at all. Newbie and I would starve.
When I left that job, gleeful to be walking out the door, I took my replacement to lunch and told her what I mentioned in the previous paragraph. She agreed with me, but when I talk to her from time to time, she expresses dissatisfaction with her job. I don't blame her for that. I would, too.
I am not sure what I am saying there. I guess it is along the lines that things are awful out there, and getting worse. If you have a job, even if you dislike it, then clutch it to your bosom like a long-lost love and don't let go. And, if you do dislike it, look over your shoulder before you say too much, because chances are, there's someone unemployed who is in no mood to hear your kvetching.