I read a relevant dads article in yesterday’s NY Times that I wanted to share. The article, With Dad Laid Off, a Family is Finding New Ways to Hold On by Jennifer Steinhauer, is a heartfelt story about a family in California who have been affected by the economy. Phil Winkler, the father of two daughters, lost his job a year ago. Since then, “he has made the transition from the primary breadwinner for his family of four to its bus driver, disciplinarian, schedule organizer and head chef.”
It is hard not to empathize with the family described in the article. The article states, “Losing his job has wounded Mr. Winkler’s self-esteem and strained his 14-year marriage. In the lexicon of the modern recession, he has found himself at the center of the “man-cession,” the downturn that has hit men much harder than women.”
I admire the creativity of Phil Winkler, in the battle of struggling to find employment, turning auto parts found in a junk yard into cash by reselling them on eBay. It is amazing that this idea will help pay for his daughter’s braces.
Lastly, some of you might be tired out from reading about the negative effects of the economy, but I believe you will find this article to be worth your time. This article is part of a series that explores how a block of eight homes in Moreno Valley, California has been reshaped by the housing crisis and recession.