God, what a ditzy broad. Why didn’t you just move into your grandfather’s home instead of selling it, moron? Oh I forgot, it wasn’t fancy enough! Women like this make me ashamed to be female… And you just know this ***** voted for Obama.
She could go on, but cuts to the chase: What she mourns is not, in fact, material. “It made me feel good,” she said.
When Ms. Natale, 37, bought the town house on Staten Island in 2006, it was important to her to feel good. She had divorced the father of her three children two years before, a distressing period followed by the death of her mother, and then of her grandfather, with whom she had been close.
“I wanted the white picket fence.”
What she got was a mortgage she could not afford. Toward the $385,000 cost, Ms. Natale made a down payment of $185,000, a little less than what she took away from the sale of her grandfather’s home. The loan that made up the difference, with closing costs, broker’s fee, taxes and insurance, meant a monthly bill of $1,873.96, about $100 less than her monthly take-home pay as an administrative assistant.
I was hoping I would get a second job. I was hoping for a Prince Charming. I was just hoping things would get better,” she said.
The Children’s Aid Society, one of the seven beneficiary agencies of The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, drew on the fund to pay for a week’s stay at a local hotel; for an apartment, including the first month’s rent of $1,400, security deposit of $1,400 and broker’s fee of $1,400; and moving and storage costs of $3,751.
The new apartment is not to Ms. Natale’s taste…
Elayna and her sister, Diana, 16, share a room, and Ms. Natale has her own room, at least until Victor comes back from Lincoln Hall, a school upstate for adolescents with behavioral problems.
She has one indulgence. Every Sunday night, her only day off, she watches the TV show her children know she is not to miss, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
PS: you don’t think the nappy hair, tatts and the fact that you’re still in high school when you’re 21 has anything to do with it? Maybe all those millions of illegal Mexicans taking jobs that blacks used to do? Nope, it must be George Bush’s damn recession.