A young couple caught up in the middle
Randy and Jessica Wood didn’t want it all, just for the old American equation of hard work and opportunity to work for them as it had for generations. But, as for so many, the good life remains just out of reach.
Jessica and Randy Wood joined in the great credit run-up to the Great Recession, leaving them with a heap of debts that has devoured their paychecks and their future. Now they are living with her parents. It’s a striking juxtaposition: Two couples, both college-educated, both married, both rooted in the teaching profession. Only one followed this path when it led to the heart of the middle class. For the other, 30 years later, the path has produced only uncertainty.