It’s a comment I heard while standing online at the Uhaul, waiting to secure to rental unit. The young woman in front of me said this to a man I presume was her father, as they finished up their transaction–renting a truck for her move cross town.
I wasn’t eavesdropping, as she was talking loudly. I tried not to pass judgment as I stood mute. My credo in situations such as that is pretty much, there for the grace of God go I. Would I really want to change positions with her in life?
The present government shutdown is affecting her in a much different way than myself. Mail is still coming on time. I don’t plan to visit any national monuments or federal historic sites in the near future. I don’t even get that much mail–not that the postal system is affected right now. My brother is a federal judge, but he assures me that there hasn’t been any furloughs in his office.
My biggest concern during this whole fiasco is suffering over the delays in processing visas and passports, given my son is taking an overseas trip in three months. While my son is fine with the passport he definitely needs the visa. And as the application sits on my desk, waiting to mailed, I feel the angst of inconvenience gnawing on the ends of my nerves. Like everyone else in this country, I am hugely annoyed and very discouraged that Congress has gotten us to this point of a federal standstill.
But like most things in life, it is out of my control.