A friend of this blog emailed with a little blast from the past:
I read this FB post today:
“Money is incredibly tight right now but on the way home from working a double after 12 shifts straight I swung by the co-op because the kid has got to eat. After glancing over the $80 receipt from the 2 small bags of groceries I bought I see that I spent $12 on those 4 apples. WTF??? How is that even sane? Why is nonpoisonous food set to be available only for the elite? I will definitely be keeping a far closer eye on what I pick up at the Wedge. I’m still behind on my own rent and I had no intention of contributing to that yuppie store’s pretentious remodel. Pissed.”
She spends $12 buying 4 apples at the CoOp and then pisses and moans because she’s broke.
Lynette Foxen was one of the faces/voices in this commercial from 2010
Minnesotans Respond to Tom Emmer’s Plan to Cut Wages
That’s why we have Aldi, ma’am. It was good enough for me and my two kids when i was scraping for change under bus seats; it’s good enough for you.
UPDATE (11/28/2016): The subject of the original email I got responded. Since she blocked my response to her very, very long reply on Facebook, I’ll put it here.
Quick response? Please don’t assume you know what I understand. I was a single parent for 11 years. For some of that time I was out of work. So I also had to choose between food and other bills, and I fed kids on straight-up staples for a very long time. Your stereotypes are just as wrong as some of my commenters’ are.
And yes – some of them WERE wrong. I don’t endorse everything that’s in my comment section, any more than the Strib does. Although as I made clear, I might have had some questions about your budget priorities (and yeah, I know it’s none of my business, and that’s just fine. I’m just say
But let’s be honest; you weren’t included in that ad because of all the nuance in your story. You were included for exactly the reasons I responded.
But your friend is right. It’s advice I follow constantly. I’ve forgotten a thousand “asshats” in my years of writing. Also stalkers, demented loonies and on and on.
At any rate, I’ll leave you with this; I can see your point. It IS frustrating when you think other people misunderstand, or misrepresent, your motivations. To the extent that I did, I apologize – but let’s be honest, you were in a political ad. You were put in there for deep context. To the extent that I didn’t – spending extra (lots extra) on organic food was not a priority I had when i was very, very poor with kids. If you were a friend, I might have had a word with you about it.
Of course, there were some other things in your reply that I have screenshot. Talking about “punching in the face” and “retaliation” is serious business where I come from.