Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Painful ignorance

I talked to a lady on the phone today at the DWS (department of workforce services) to clear up some messes they have made with my food stamps and medical assistance. This is the fifth or sixth phonecall I've made to them since the problem presented itself in March. I even explained to her a little more about my personal life than to most, hoping for her to drop the attitude she seemed to be giving me right off about my case. I ended up crying throughout the call.. she put me on hold for a few minutes and I just lost it and had to try and find my composure again to be able to continue talking about my case. She continued to be so cold, condescending and rude. Now I'm gonna give this lady the benefit of the doubt and assume she was treating me this way out of ignorance.. which brings me to my next point.

I wish more people would keep their ignorance in check and give more people the benefit of the doubt.

Yes, I receive state assistance for food and medical, and yes, I had my son at a very young age, but I am not a goodfornothing lazy leach on the system.

I have worked hard to get myself through a short program in school so that I can soon provide enough income to carry my family and also not have to spend much time away from my son. I've needed the help until I'm able to get on my feet. And no, I haven't been working, because I knew i'd be able to put myself through school faster if I didn't.. and I was right.

I have never been so humiliated about my situation before.