Monday, September 14, 2009

I am Going To Respond, and Then I Don't Want To Hear Any More

My first real snarky comment was posted today on my last post. I am going to respond to it, and then I'm done with it.

An anonymous person (don't you love it when they're anonymous?) said some comments about me mentioning that WIC was accepted at the Farmer's Market, and wasn't that for those on limited income?

First off, yes, it is for those on a limited income. And as a military family, we more than qualify. And if your immediate response was, "Well you could work." Yep, I could. And guess what? I would still qualify! I know plenty of families where both parents work (some having second jobs as well) and still qualify. It's a program set up through the agricultural dept. to provide nutrition for pregnant women and children under 2.

But for the record, when I wrote that I was not even really thinking about myself. I am able to be a stay at home wife because G and I are very careful with our money. And to be quite honest, I don't know that I would want to do WIC because it just doesn't cover the types of food we eat. For example it covers JIF type peanut butter, but not the natural kind we eat. I did however think that knowing that some stalls at the farmer's market accept WIC would be something others would like to know. Fresher produce carries a stronger punch, nutrient wise, which would be better for a pregnant woman.

And the second part to her comment was "Or is it also for those who move to a new city and immediately meet with a realtor to purchase a new home?"

First off, I assume this non-entity was meaning to come off as rude and disapproving. Good for her. But last time I checked we weren't the first military family to decide that we liked where we were moving and wanted to buy a home there. For G, this is a base where we could be here for 4 years, or we could be here for 12+. I've known others who bought a home before moving to that city (actually while still overseas), but we thought we would wait until we got here. I am not sure how this person feels it's their business what we do with our time and money, but there you have it. Buying a new home has nothing to do with WIC. Buying a home was us settling down a bit in a place we liked, because we found out we could own a home for less than we could rent, and there would be a backyard for the dogs to boot.

In conclusion, move on. If you don't like what I have to talk about on my blog, don't read it. I enjoy having a place to write about the day to day things. If you don't like the topic, find another blog that is more suited to you, or better yet, try getting your own and posting comments under your own name other than anonymous. I wondered if I should just delete your comment and not respond but thought, no. This is a place for me to come and write, and your anonymous comment was uninformed and cowardly.


  1. Good for you, Kalee! People who refuse to sign their names are the same type of people who always have to put others down to make themselves feel better than they really are.

  2. What a strange thing for that person to say! We have been a married military couple for 17 years and have always bought (except for stints in England and now here). It's more and more the norm - it doesn't make sense to pay rent! The longest we have owned a home is 5 years, the shortest time 3 years - each time we have made a little money, not a lot. Plus, it's nice to get to know a whole new community. I'm glad for you that you have found a house you like - I must check your other blog, perhaps you put up more photos? :0)

  3. Hi again! So, I can't figure out how to leave a comment since I don't have a google account or whatever, but just to say it all sounds very exciting. An old house - I'm imagining quaint and pretty on the outside, although the kitchen looks modern. Good luck!

  4. Thank you Patricia! I was a little lost too, since I don't know many military people who don't buy. Yes, we bought soon, but we both wanted to live in the city, so it made sense. I think sometimes it frightens others when someone leaps not because they're foolish, but because they know what they want.

  5. I don't know a lot of military people who *do* buy but that might be because I've either lived in expensive areas or lived in areas where the housing we could afford tended to be ghetto.

    We finally took the house buying leap and I kick myself for not taking it sooner, for listening to the naysayers. Good for you that you knew what you wanted and went after it.

    And on the WIC note, we military families tend to qualify for it even when the nonmilitary member is working too. If someone doesn't like it, perhaps they should petition their government to pay military members a higher wage instead of being upset we qualify and can use state assistance.