Today is your young sons birthday, “Daddy, can we go to McDonald’s? Please?” You know that is just not possible but how do you explain to a six year old? You know its been almost a year and this would indeed be a fantastic treat, but a weeks wage would be needed to take your family out for fast food.
Venezuelans like Jose Manuel Gonzalez, 50 are facing much harder situations every day. As the Washington Post puts it, “Venezuela is running on empty”. www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2016/05/25/venezuela-is-running-on-empty/
In a land where you can fill your car with fuel for a fraction of the cost of a Happy Meal, food, the fuel for your family, is both scarce and expensive.
To survive today in Venezuela you have to be creative and patient says Manuel Gonzalez. Lines at the supermarket, lines at the bakery, lines, lines, lines! Those lines are often hours long and sap you of more than time. Shortages are horrible when it’s the very basics of life that are lacking. You tell yourself, “tomorrow will be better,” but deep down you know that’s just what you tell yourself to get through today.
Resilient determination may well be a trait the average Venezuelan parent knows more about than their children know about the broken economy, but what DO you say to a six year old on their birthday?