Although I’d like my “beautiful moments” to be about warmth and enlightenment. 

But sometimes the lessons we learn are harsh realities.

Today, I was informed by Sallie Mae, who has taken over my student loans, that my income meets the poverty level. 

I have a Master’s Degree in counseling, one husband, one child.  And my income is considered at the poverty level.  What does this mean?  That after eight years of schooling, I cannot provide for my family of 3. 

I have stopped asking myself and others “Don’t I live in America?”  Because I have realized this is America.  Where hard-working, honest people with dreams, who were born and raised here, get screwed.