Sequestration hits home with local family

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I just realized that an area icon has closed. I find myself actually grieving about the closing of the Isle of Palms Red and White. Bagging, stocking and check-out were the first real jobs for a huge majority of area teens, including both of my children.

Many of the managers that served us so well in the 70’s and 80’s were still there, calling generations by their first names, serving with a smile.

I raised my children on the IOP, and the Red and White was a regular part of our lives. Farewell, old friend. Sign of the economic times. And it is hurting many area families as you can see:

Dear Liz,

My husband just got furloughed as part of the sequestration preparation. He has an important job in helping our national defense. Not only does it hurt our family personally, with our income being immediately cut by at least 20 percent. I am worried about our future security, not just in our household budget, but for our nation’s security. I can’t say much else, but need to find a job to fill in the gap with three young children. Ideas to cope?


Dear “Frantic,”

Who wouldn’t be? Thank you sharing your personal story, along with your sincere concern for us all. It worries me, too, and I lean heavily on my faith. There is a promise in the Bible, to paraphrase, “after all we can do...The Lord will do the rest.”

So, each of us must take an honest appraisal of our current situation and see if we are, indeed, doing all we can. This would include, fine-tuning well-organized budgets, selling or donating what we don’t need, eating more often at home, finding free or low-cost entertainment and, as in your case, finding additional ways to increase income.

I am a big fan of www.Daveramsey.com, the economic guru, who guides couples and families out of debt and into financial security. It involves becoming educated and on the same team financially.

You didn’t mention your education, career experience (being CEO of the household is invaluable). I recommend getting some help with your résumé and networking at places like The Center for Women in Charleston.

There are jobs to be had. Hopefully, this is a temporary situation. In any case, pull your family together and make plans together. Reassure your children that you all will be okay.

In every crisis there is opportunity, so let this be a time to build character, patience, hope, togetherness and faith. Wishing you and all facing strife the best. We can all become better as a result.

(Contact Liz via asksharpliz@gmail.com. Liz Brisacher Sharp is a Master degree level Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice with 35 years experience in mental health.)

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