My Daughter is Homeless

My client extended her trip for a few more days so n Sunday when I am finished with this housesitting job, I will have been housed for 10 days.

I really liked having “a place of my own” for a little while.  As an introvert (someone who gets a lot of enjoyment and energy from being alone), I prefer to be alone much of the day, rather than in coffee shops etc.  So this has been good

I have been teaching myself a new career skill too.  I wish I could talk about it but I don’t the wrong person to be able to figure out who I am in real life.  It’s fun learning something new.  It gives me a lot of confidence in myself and as they say, a new leash on life.

Also, one of my daughters will be living closer to me this summer so I will get to see her more.  I’m really happy about that.

This is the 2nd summer she has had to find a place to live for the summer and she did a good job.  Because I live in a van, she is what you would call “homeless” but oh how different “homelessness” is than what I’ve always thought.

There is a huuuuge underground of homeless people.  Most people only know of that one or two crazy men or women who beg for money on the street.  They usually look very bad and/or have obvious addiction or mental problems.

No one would ever suspect my daughter of homelessness.  She looks like a normal young person and she is attending a private university.  She wears nice clothes and drives a nice car.

Rather than say homelessness is a growing problem, I think of it as a growing condition.  I think the PROBLEMS that create homelessness are myriad but one of them is low employment opportunities due to offshoring of jobs and unbridled immigration.

Another is mixed messages from the goverment/corporate controlled mainstream media.  The message is mostly, party, party, party!  Dress scantily ladies and gentlemen, and get your groooooove on.  Live your life like there’s no tomorrow.

Where then are these hucksters when the “ladies and gentlemen” have drug addictions or are mentally ill from trying to forget all the children they’ve aborted?  Where are they when these kids have no real skills and can’t compete.  Americans NEED to be able to compete with newly arrived immigrants.  Immigrants are already at an advantage since the U.S. government often gives tax incentives to companies for hiring them.

Our children need to be kept away from television.  Little good comes from it.  If you don’t want your kid to be homeless, you may want to keep them away from television and encourage them to learn to be useful.

Oh, and stay housed yourself, so they have somewhere to go.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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5 Responses to My Daughter is Homeless

  1. Kathi says:

    Excellent post.

  2. Ryu says:

    Being able to live homelessly and not lose one’s head is a skill for the future. The US is now following a permenant decline. It’s good practice. Alot of people are going to wish they have that ability.

  3. Mama Jenn says:

    A building never makes a home, nor does a lack of one make one homeless, in my opinion. As Ryu suggested, it’s all about mentality. My family has lived in an apartment for the past 8 years, and I can honestly say this was not our home. We never felt comfortable here, and not just in the physical sense. We’re getting ready to move cross-country with no set plan of where to “stay”, largely due to tight finances and priorities. While most would be worried, we are actually excited about the potential to finally be free. There is something quite liberating about not having a place to stay and having to get creative with what you have. I think more Americans need to experience this at least once in their lives, I think a lot of people have lost sight of the difference between a house and a home. Home is where you make it, regardless of if it’s in the back of your SUV or a mansion somewhere in Cali. Americans need less consumerism and more of what really matters. I think you and your daughter must be doing something right 😉 Keep up the good work!

  4. Daniel says:


    It’s refreshing to know you’re still doing alright for yourself in this crazy world. I still keep an eye on your blog from time to time and agree 110% that children – now more than ever before – need to be kept clear of social media, programming on television, etc. To say it rots the brain, undermines character, morality, etc, would all be huge understatements.

    Anyways, again it’s good to know you’re okay and staying safe – even despite the recent ex troubles.

    Have a good one. Take care!

    – Daniel

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