Why were you poor and did or do you resent your parents for it? I grew up in poverty because my father skipped out on my mother and me while she was still pregnant. She refused to go after him for child support because she was afraid that my father would demand visitation out of spite. Mind you, I had never met him and still haven't. I resented my mom for having me with someone like him and for not getting any child support for him. So what's your story of childhood poverty? Were you ashamed of your home and car?