Our neighborhood seems to be deserted. The house to one side of us has been empty since we moved in here. They've been doing lots of work on it and it looks nice from the outside but nobody has moved in. I think they are selling it. The house across the street from us is now vacant. The people moved out a few days ago. The two houses near that are also empty. In the other direction on the other side of the street is a church. There are probably less than 10 cars there on Sundays so it's not a very well attended church. As you go down the road there are more vacant houses. I was thinking about this as I drove down to the nearby grocery store. I don't know if this is due to the bad economy or something else. The houses here are real cheap. You can get a fixer upper for under $10,000. I think that people just don't have the money to buy one. Most of the jobs that people held here were in the oil industry. Many were employed on the oil rigs or doing something that was indirectly related to it. Most of those jobs are gone now. I think half of this city is getting some type of government assistance. I'm not sure if it's like this everywhere or if we are worse off than other places. It's almost like people just accept the poverty here as a way of life. Many of the houses are very old, tiny and run down. Judging from the ones that Russell and I cleaned after people moved out, most of them did not care about the filth that they lived in. Mouse droppings, cock roaches crawling everywhere, fast food wrappers and cigarette butts on the floor is something I could not live with but these people lived in it. I just don't see how. Maybe they are so used to the poverty that they see no way out. Or it could have been the way that they were raised. I'll never understand it.Is this the way our current generation was brought up? If so, we (in general) did not do a very good job. I see many young people who have no work ethics, are lazy and think everything should be handed to them.
As I write this I have to remind myself..... people created this reality for themselves. Life is all about choices. Life is about learning from our experiences and everything happens for a reason.