single motherhood
I was in my third decade of life and had not ever been out on a formal date where the guy calls you, invites you to a restaurant, and then DRIVES you there.
native americans
Having a tribal identity was simply not something I was ever exposed to, and to have my first exposure be, “We’re taking your baby and you can’t do anything about it," was shocking.
It did take a long time to finally start earning a living wage. Much longer than I had anticipated. Moving from welfare to work didn’t happen overnight. It took years.
I had no job. I had no savings. I had no health insurance. I had a 1-year-old son, and I was pregnant.
Since I’m the resident pinko commie queer here, it should come as no surprise to learn that I personally don’t think the use of welfare benefits should be restricted.