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LIFE GOES ON

The Social Life of the Unemployed

Facing Rock Bottom

Money was not the problem as I sat in front of my computer searching for a job one week before Thanksgiving. I was irritable, restless, and my mood had gotten progressively worse leading up to the holiday. It didn’t help that the thermometer on my desk read sixty-three degrees, cold as a meat locker in my basement office.

That night I was feeling especially sorry for myself and somehow had worked out in my mind that I would fly to my parent’s house to spend this Thanksgiving away from them all, as if it were punishment for something they had perpetrated against me. The holiday season was bringing out the worst in me. I felt disconnected from my three kids and most of my friends. ...

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