Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
I saw an article today where you said “…on some level no one deserves to have that much money.” I have thought about that all day today, and I wondered if someone so rich could still relate to middle of the road Americans.
My family’s story… We are solidly middle class. I’ve got a masters degree, and my husband is a Navy Veteran. We have two daughters, that we waited to have in our late 20s/early 30s. We built a house 15 years ago, that we were going to live in until we retired. A House, two kids, two jobs, and even two dogs! Summer vacations, Girl Scouts, and Social Media. Just a pretty average American story.
So what’s my point? Our child has Cystic Fibrosis and Asthma.
Like so many other people we have one defining life altering situation that changes everything. There are so many people like us, but you don’t hear about us. We aren’t on public assistance, or government insurance. I don’t view those that are negatively at all. I’m just pointing out that those are the people that you notice. Those are the groups that others want to help.
Again, you don’t hear about us. We are working hard to do good work, and keep the jobs that pay our bills, and give us the health insurance that our family desperately needs. We do this while balancing the needs of our family. Running between doctors appointments and work meetings. But again, you don’t hear about us. Mostly we are too exhausted and stressed out to bring ourselves too much attention.
Why has your comment stayed with me all day? Honestly, I’m not sure. Is it because my husband and I are struggling with deciding how to ensure our family is financially secure, while considering that this is no longer our forever home? Worrying about a larger home that will give our daughter independence she needs, while remaining close as she moves into adulthood. Thinking of aging parents, and their physical, emotional, and financial health. All while fearing the economy will crash. Maybe it’s simply because last night my husband said, maybe a magic fairy will just gift us about $200,000, and then I read a casual story about you being worth $70 billion. It’s all about timing I guess.
You have worked hard, and have changed the social vision of the world. You’ve earned your money. But I wonder if you can comprehend what it would be like to not be able to sleep at night over money. That you think about what to budget for Christmas, because January means a new deductible, and new insurance out of pocket costs. I appreciate that rich or poor we all face struggles that no amount of money can ever fix. I just wanted to speak out for those you don’t hear about. I just wanted people to know we are here.
If by some miracle you ever stumble across this random social media post, just remember… Don’t forget “us.” You have the power to influence the world. Don’t let the world forget the ones in the middle.
Just an Average Mom in Arizona