Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.
Not adding this to show off but to show you that as someone who is from a family with struggles such as depicted in the “game”; if you are the child of a parent/parents who are trying to survive you watch your parents and learn from their habits. So if mom doesn’t go to your soccer game it’s because she is working an extra hour so she can get you food after your game. So many of the scenarios here are accurate for me and my life. I’m posting this to show you that because of my parents I know how to do this. It’s sad that I do know how but at the same time I think my parents are glad that I know because if I ever get into the same situation later in life when I am on my own I’ll know how to handle it. If this doesn’t show you what is fucked up in America right now then I don’t know what is.