Bear called me at the end of his lunch break today. I thought it was to tell me how cold he is - he's working outside in negative 31 degree weather (plus wind). But that wasn't why he called.
"We got our layoff notice, today, Baby," he said. The hardwood lumber mill he works in has been hit hard by the falling lumber market. They've got logs to saw, but aren't selling the lumber.
"I'm awful sorry, Baby," I said. "How long are you going to be out?"
"We're going to work next week, then have a month off. They will keep paying for our health insurance, though, so that's good."
The poor man has worked full time since he was fifteen. I know he's worried. Unemployment in Maine only pays 80% of his salary and our budget is tight as it is.
We'll make it, though, I know we will.
In the meantime, would you all give Bear some Bloggy words of encouragement?