Thursday, November 20, 2008

Panic In Detroit




Yesterday, when my husband, Velo came home, he told me that his company will be closing its doors from December 12th thru January 12th. I was in shock, I think he still is as well.

He works as an electrician for a robotics company that make the auto assembly lines for the Big 3, but just last week he told me that they were doing fine and had jobs lined up for a long time to come...but out of the blue, or perhaps not, GM canceled a job with his company, so to compensate, his company had to make the tough decision to close for a month to save costs.

We have been married for 17 years and they have never closed their doors, so it just does not give me a good feeling about the future, either.

Of course I am bummed because Christmas is just around the corner, too. It's never a good time to get laid off, but it's especially hard this time of year. I feel so let down, by the head of the Big 3, the president and our government in general. It's just not a good feeling, especially when you are a parent.

Well, sorry for such a somber post, but it is what is on my mind today and probably for some time to come, so it just helps to write about it, I guess.

Take good care all...and if you have a friend in Michigan or in the automotive field, give them a call and see how they are doing, I know they would appreciate it.

Bella


46 comments:

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Bella, I am so sorry about the closing . But thank goodness it is only a month .But that is bad enough right here at Christmas. I don't know why it always has to be at Christmas time when things like this happen. We are just holding our breath around here too. I expect the company my hubby works for to start yelling "money crunch".Their business depends on the automotive industry too.
I am afraid this is just the beginning though. We are going to have to put all our trust and faith in the lord . I will pray for you and your family Bella.

Heather said...

We are in the same boat, my husband got laid off about 2 weeks ago. I hope your husband finds something soon. My husband is now driving an hour and a half to work to make it through the holidays. Thank goodness gas is cheaper now. I'll be keeping your family in my prayers.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

You're the third friend I heard from in the last two days with this kind of news. Very scary. I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this--and right before Christmas!

Deb said...

Oh Bella! I'm so sorry. Thank goodness it's only a month. We all just have to pray and trust that the Lord is in control and know, that there is no burden that He can't bear. Don't worry, trust, and everything will work out fine. I've found in my life, the worst of times always turned out to be the best of times, it's when families grow closer. Luv ya girl! Deb

Dory said...

I know this rings a little hollow now; but at least it's only a month. God has a plan for your family, He knows His plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future! (Jer 29:11) I'm on unemployment now and my husband is going to school full time and working part time and we lean on that verse.
Dory

Chris said...

Bella, I'm so sorry to hear about the closing for a month, but lets pray that's all it will be.
When I worked at Raytheon, it seemed like everytime they had a lay off, it would be at Christmas time, or even worse, after Christmas when people used their charge cards and had no idea they were about to be laid off. Maybe after Jan. we will start to see a difference in our country. I hope.

Hugs,
Chris

Lisa B. said...

Hang tight. I know it's scary..but you're not alone. We've been thru worse...we'll get thru this. Take the opportunity to enjoy being together at the holidays, turn down the heat...put on sweaters and remember what is really important. I agree with Deb...sometimes the "worst" times can turn out to be the best?!

erin... said...

*hug*

I live in MI too and its very scarey right now. I am having to trust God and my husband and it's really hard. I'm not a sit back and wait type of person.

I hope that God will help you to get through the rough patch and that you're holiday wishes come true. I'll be praying for you!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

I'm sorry to hear about your bad news! I will pray for your family! Give your troubles over to God, he will take care of you! My husband is an auto tech for Ford so we are wondering what will happen since everytime we turn on the news we are hearing about the 3 automakers needing a 20 billion dollar bailout. Just wondering what they did with all their profits all of these past years?? Did you hear they took their private jets to Washington to ask for the bailout at $20,000 rountrip mind you. That just infuriates me!

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry that this has happened to you, I will keep your family in my prayers.

Take Care
Michelle

Wendy said...

So many companies are hurting now, its so hard to see your friends and neighbors and fellow Americans go through such rough times.
Christmas in our home will be VERY small, so we have decided to focus on the true meaning this year, I know its hard when you have younger kids but I bet they will so understand the situation. God Bless you and your family and I hope things will change for your husbands company. Take care Wendy

Erin said...

I am sorry to hear about your husband's job. What a yucky economy we are living in. I hope things work out for you and your family!

Lori said...

Bella, I'm so sorry. My job is also hanging by a thread. Let's move to Ohio...

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

So, sorry Bella, it just seems like companies are going under one right after the other. My hubby follows all this daily & keeps me informed, but it's still scary. Hope you will be OK through it all. xoxo

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I was watching the news yesterday and the big 3 is asking for a bailout and of course there is the current corporate jet scandal. The news showed the hearing and the man (representing the govt.) asked if any of the 6 ceo's present would be willing to forgo their corporate jet and just take 1st class home (1st class) and none of the 6 was willing. My jaw DROPPED. Come on! You want the American people to bail you out but you won't even fly 1st class.
Someone needs a spanking!!!
Because now, families (possibly yours) who can only dream of even flying 1st class are paying the price for their selfishness.
I am very, very sorry and will be praying for you.

Rae said...

Oh boy. You are in my prayers, my friend!!

linda said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear this. Our economy is just so bad right now that for the first time that I can remember, I am truly afraid for us as a country. It really frightens me.

I'm thankful that your hubby only has to be laid off for one month...but you are right, now is not a good time with the holidays and all. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Strawberry Blonde said...

My husband works for a GM dealership as a mechanic and he has received a cut in pay, so I know your woes. At least it is only for 1 month. Maybe you should look into doing something fun with you and all of your boys home. Get him spray painting and crafting with you!

Good luck!-- Brandi

Kitty Scraps said...

Dear Bella,
I know it's scary and tough right now but hang in there, it could be worse. Your family will be in my prayers. (((HUGS)))

tidymom said...

Oh Bella I'm so sorry to hear your news.{{HUGS}}}}
My bil lives(lived) in Brighton, MI he lost his job suddenly last year - he ended up getting a job in KY - leaving his family in MI because they can't sell the house - so he drives home almost every weekend - it's tough and it's scary!!!

I'm praying for you!!

~Tidymom

squawmama said...

Oh Bella it just sickens me to hear about your husband’s plant closing down for the month... These big wigs keep taking the BIG bucks from the companies all the way to closing the doors... and then they get their BIG umbrella package... I watched some of it on TV until I got tired of all their baloney...so sad... I just don't know where it is all heading but my hopes are for a speedy recovery for all...

(((HUGS)))
Donna
hope he finds something soon...

Mountain Woman said...

Bella,
I was so very sorry to read your post. My heart goes out to you and your family and I will keep you in my prayers.
It's a very scary time in our country right now and I'm sorry your family has to suffer.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Bella; I am so sorry to hear about your husbands company closing for a month. Just have faith in the Lord he is always there for you. When my Hubby lost his job last May we were so upset,and the Lord finally opened the door for another job. He is always faithful. I will be praying for you both, Hang in there.

Hugs;
Alaura

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm so sorry about his being laid off....hopefully it will be a very short term thing. I'm so afraid there is going to be a lot more of this kind of news. It's not a great time for so many people. I guess we're all going to have to tighten our belts and find ways to stretch our limited funds. Hopefully things will start to look up.

Tootsie said...

I am so sorry to hear that! I hope things turn around soon....for all....I will keep you in my prayers girl

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Bella,
Just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could say something to perk you up...but don't know that I can.

Please keep blogging and let us know how you're doing. We are your friends and care about you!

I hope your family crisis will be shortlived!

Diane

Martha (aka Yvette) said...

Bella, I'm sorry to hear this. I have two dear friends in Michigan and they are in the same boat. My prayers go out for you and all the families affected.

Connie said...

I also am very sorry to hear this, honey. But Theresa is right; it's only for a month. Just scale down till he is working again. I've been trying to help a young man who is in a similar situation but his wife is 9 months pregnant. I feel for them and it's hard but just be thankful for what you do have and it'll be put into perspective for you. Truly, I'm very sorry this is happening.
SMooches,
Connie

Fidget said...

I'm sorry about the closing and I hope it really is only a month. Can the hubs take on some side work kind of jobs? That got us through tough times

Joanne Kennedy said...

It is such scary times. More and more companies are closing down for good and so many people are getting laid off. I never in a million years would have thought we would see days like this.

I hope things all work out for your family and your husband is back to work soon.

Hugs,
Joanne

Terri and Bob said...

Wow, I knew things were bad but I didn't know how bad. I am sorry to hear about the closing. It is an awful time to do this. Perhaps they know if they do it now they can save jobs in the future. I'll be praying for you and your family.

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Bella! Such scarey news for you but I'm sure it will turn out ok once things get moving after the inauguration and the country readjusts?! In the meantime just enjoy your time off together and don't worry about Christmas "stuff"! Everyone will understand if you need to cut back! No matter what industry, we are all holding our breaths for the future; it's putting a real crimp in my shopping style!lol Health and togetherness is much more important!!! Ok I'll stop babbling now and just wish you the best of luck & happy weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

Bo said...

Morning Bella...You know you & your family are in my prayers... I do hope you'll continue to post, even if you're feeling blue...we all love you and want to stand by you...The domino effect is beginning to ripple big time through our economy...Hang tight & trust your faith! Luv ya, Bo

LillyB said...

Bella! I will be praying for you and your family. You can make it thru anything as long as you stick together. It will be okay. God will provide for you!!! I believe in our Country and I believe things will turn around before long. Again, I am praying for you!!

Amy from Texas said...

Sounds like this is happing to so many people. Scary times. Hang in there:-)

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

Oh Bella, I'm so sorry! Unfortunately, I think it will get worse over the next year or years before it gets better. People like you are the innocent ones who suffer for it. I am glad it's just a month, but it couldn't come at a worse time. The silver lining -- I'm sure you and your kids will enjoy having your hubby around more, especially during Christmas.

Karen said...

Oh Bella, so sorry. Hopefully things will be looking up soon. I hate to think they can get worse around here, shudder.

Classic Charm said...

Hi Bella,
Well sorry about the bad news....these are really hard time. Take some comfort if there is any to take...that we are all in the same boat. Hopefully your month will go by quickly, but I know that it stinks to be laid off. My husband is a steel worker, and to date he's still employed, but you never know. Hang in there!
Hugs,
Rose

Ramona said...

Good Morning Bella ~
Hang in there kiddo....keep your head up and take one day at a time...seriously, one day at a time. The month will pass quickly and he will be back a work. I know that this is very scarey...but we are all here to support each other and this too shall pass. We have been through this a couple of times too...once years ago it happened to my husband 3 days before Christmas! Just keep remembering that little family years ago that couldn't find a place to stay on Christmas Eve!!! And had to give birth in a cave! And that Sweet Baby Boy held the hope of the world...you will get through this and we will all be there for you.
I find in the toughest, scariest times that the simplest things really bring the most pleasure and delight. I know that your blog gives me the greatest delight everyday....great job! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

A virtual hug to you ~
Ramona

Bonnie said...

Bella, I am so sorry. This is such a frightening time for so many. My prayers are with you. I have a feeling you will be fine as you are such a neat lady! Your resourcefulness will get you through. Your family close by is all you need to feel what is most important and hopefully in a month things will even out. Hang in there.

Cyber hugs!

Cindy H said...

Hi, Bella, I visit your blog from Entrecard. I'm so sorry to hear about this, and I'll be praying for your family to make it through without too much stress.

My husband lost his job at an automotive plant almost three years ago, so I know what you're feeling. :) God bless!

Fenced in Family

justabeachkat said...

Sorry to hear this Bella. It's a scary time for soooo many people right now. You'll be in my prayers.

Hugs!
Kat

Anne said...

Bella, sorry to hear about your DH job lay off, but I am not sure why it is the government's fault?

Belle-ah said...

Bella,

I am so sorry to hear about their layoff. My DH is in manufacturing and we know the struggles of the little bit that is still left in the US. (((hugs)))

Ginny said...

I'm near Detroit as well. My husband has only worked a couple months this year. He is a carpenter & with all the problems, there has barely been any work.

My aunt works for GM & just got laid off.

Helen said...

Bella, I'm sending you positive energy and kind thoughts... Helen

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