A Broken Country · Animals · Aydan's Life · homelessness

Unforeseen Threats: Thunderstorms, Wildlife and Rabies (Week Two, part One of Two)

Into Exile

While the first week flew by for Fox and their companions the second week seemed to be a little slower. The stress of the city and the forced move into homelessness seemed to melt into the background of day to day life. With each passing day a little more of the upset and the tension that had built up over the past few months begun to ease.

While the trio was living out of two tents they were still enveloped by peace that only being in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but nature could bring. This in itself made the beginning of the second week bearable if not enjoyable. Each night Fox went to sleep to the sounds of cicadas and frogs rather than loud bass, domestic violence and stomping of children throwing fits in the room above them.

The first week had come and gone with little…

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A Broken Country · Aydan's Life · Family · homelessness

Camp Set-Up – Week One

Into Exile

Getting the two tents set up wasn’t too much trouble for Fox and their companions, the first larger tent was designed to pop-up into place making the installation of the tent in the camping space rather easy. The second tent, a smaller three person one, was for the teen so he could have his own space. Fox watched and gave advice as the teen set his tent up and helped when needed. It was a good exercise for the offspring, even if they weren’t living in a state of homelessness. Knowing basic camping skills was always helpful, regardless of the situation.

Initially Fox was worried that the teen would be frightened by sleeping alone in a tent, in the middle of a forest, so the larger and smaller tent were placed next to each other. The close proximity of the two would afford the feeling of protection and safety, yet…

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A Broken Country · Aydan's Life · Family · homelessness

August 4, 2018 – The Beginning

Write in a third person point of view, this is my life now. The blog A Journey into Exile is specifically for following my family and I as we struggle with being homeless with no end in sight.

Into Exile

The morning of August 4th, 2018 was unlike most other mornings since April of that year. Until that day a typical morning consisted of waking, perhaps eating breakfast and resuming the nanodegree program from Udacity that Fox had earned in front-end web development. Over the past few weeks they had really struggled with connecting with their peers as well as over-coming the challenges that living in a hotel and being nearly homeless on a weekly basis brought.

This hot August morning was different though, there was no funds for another week in the hotel and it was moving day, yet there was no other place to move to. Since being forced out of the half-apartment that Fox shared with their chosen and teenage child, the trio had been transient and unable to find a new place to call home. The worse of it was it was Fox’s mother and sister…

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Aydan's Life · Depression · Family

A Hot Shower and a Hotel Room for the Night

But those are plans for the future, and worry as we may with them there is no way to make them anything other than wishes and hopes at this point. Hopes that my family can find a new home before my depression pushes me over the edge. Hopes that my family can find a way to sustain ourselves despite the overwhelming odds and disabilities that we face. Dreams that we can breathe easy one day and be happy again. Hopes and dreams are all we have right now, aside from each other.