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A Saddest StoryCorps of the Semester By Far


Today’s StroyCorps was extremely sad to me today. By the end of it I was crying my eyes out. Today’s story was about a family of five that was homeless for an extended period of time. They were from Tacoma, WA. The names of the parents were Franklin and Sherry Gilliard Their problems started when they opened up their own Driving School in 2007. When the Great Recession hit, their entire business dried up because no one could hardly afford their service. When they could not longer afford to make their mortgage payments and their cars from the defunct Driving School were now repossessed, things did not bode well for them.

“Before you knew it, we were homeless,” Sherry says. “I remember going to REI and looking at tents that would hold a family of five. And then I remember at the homeless shelter, when they escorted us to our room, I remember laying on a bottom bunk and looking up at the springs that you look at on a bunk bed. And I remember saying to myself, ‘How did I get here?’ ”

This was not the end of their problems though. Eventually, their outside lives began to almost find out about what had been really going on. The story climaxed when the family was almost exposed for the truth when Sherry’s coworkers almost found out about them when they were going to volunteer at the homeless shelter they were staying at. This would of made a bad situation event worse.

This was personally my favorite story of the semester that we have listened to. By the end of it I was completely saturated with tears. While I could never have empathy for them, I do have sympathy. No child should ever have to go through something like that. I would never wish that type of lifestyle upon anyone.

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