Friday, January 16, 2009

Bloggy love for Bear

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?


Birds of A Feather said...

I STILL WUV YOU, BEAR!! You are my bear! My bearie bear. The bestest bear in the whole wide world!

Anonymous said...

I'm so very sorry to hear this, it just sucks. However, knowing you and Bear, it will all turn out okay. I really believe this. More importantly, you have your deep love for each other. No matter what, that will get you through the tough times. Plus, maybe you can see him more and he won't be so tired from work.
Saying prayers, sending love.

Fox In Detox said...

Wow...that sucks. But if anyone can make the best of a bad situation, you guys can. Keep your chin up, keep yourself busy for the month...and it will all be over before you know it. Big hugs guys!!!

Alice said...

Well, I went through two layoffs in two years. And there is no nice way to say this: it sucks. Big time. But I know this - each time - something always came through. And I ended up in a job I never would have picked, making less than I ever thought I'd settle for and doing something I absolutely beleive in and love. And the best part? Even though I took a big pay cut (and I was single and on my own at the time), I always managed to get by.

So I'm sending an extra prayer for Bear and you. And I know that no matter what hardships you face; you will have each other.

Pleae keep us posted.