There’s All Kind Of Hurt

He knows his depression is hard on the kids, but they know that things like college will be only a dream unless they themselves fund it through loans.

He knows it is not poverty yet, but he can’t believe how slim the line is between having and not having.

“I never knew,” he says. “I never knew what rock bottom really feels like. How can I NOT say, ‘Why me?’ ”

These are the stories that are being lived out among us, friends. And I know there are people who have it a lot worse than my friend – he knows that too.

But the demise of this country has a lot of demons behind it. They include a myriad of characters. There are the ones we blame in the news all the time — greedy bankers, investors, bosses, owners.

And then we blame ourselves. We always hear about our credit card spending and carefree habits despite all indicators of brewing storms. But most of us aren’t that extravagant – we just want to give the kids a life full of the things we didn’t have.

But as summer wanes and the experts forecast another 20 percent devaluation of our homes, we know the holidays are going to be tight and the heating bills are going to be plentiful.

The desperation we feel, the fear of things happening to us that have happened to those around us – the absolute liquidation of the human spirit and will — make it clear to me that anyone using the term “recovery” should be arrested for blatant lying.

There will only be recovery when people begin to believe in our country again, and that sure seems to be a bit unlikely at the moment.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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2 comments on “There’s All Kind Of Hurt

  1. Dan Downey on said:

    Dear Ron,
    Thanks for your story. As I was reading through this, I was waiting for the happy ending…where is it? Your story makes one truly think and be thankful for what we have.

  2. Bernie Rangel on said:

    Thanks for sharing. I was thinking of retiring but to what, the American what? I’ve been blessed and give thanks every day. We have to keep the hope, faith in grace. Your friend like others will make it because there is that love in his heart for family and country.

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