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20 Things the Poor Do Everyday That the Rich Never Have to Worry About

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM
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Financial advisor and evangelical Christian Dave Ramsey probably wasn’t expecting this much pushback when he shared a piece contrasting the habits of the rich [4] with those of the poor. In her response on CNN [5]Rachel Held Evans [6] noted that Ramsey and Corley mistake correlation for causality when they suggest (without actually proving) that these habits are the cause of a person’s financial situation. (Did it never occur to them that it might be the other way around?)

Ramsey fired back, calling the pushback “immature and ignorant.” This from a guy who just made 20 sweeping assertions about 47 million poor people in the US — all based on a survey of 361 individuals.

That’s right. To come up with his 20 habits, Corley talked to just 233 wealthy people and 128 poor people. Ramsey can talk all he wants about Corley’s research passing the “common-sense smell test,” but it doesn’t pass the “research methodology 101” test.

To balance the picture a bit, I wanted to take a fact-based look at 20 things the poor do on a daily basis…

1. Search for affordable housing. 
Especially in urban areas, the waiting list [7] for affordable housing can be a year or more. During that time, poor families either have to make do with substandard or dangerous housing, depend on the hospitality of relatives, or go homeless.
(Source: New York Times [7])

2. Try to make $133 worth of food last a whole month. 
That’s how much the average food stamp recipient [8] gets each month. Imagine trying to eat well on $4.38 per day. It’s not easy, which is why many impoverished families resort to #3…
(Source: Kaiser Family Foundation [9])

3. Subsist on poor quality food. 
Not because they want to, but because they can’t afford [10] high-quality, nutritious food. They’re trapped in a food system that subsidizes processed foods, making them artificially cheaper than natural food sources. So the poor are forced to eat bad food — if they’re lucky, that is…
(Sources: Washington Post [10]; Journal of Nutrition, March 2008)

4. Skip a meal.
One in six Americans are food insecure. Which means (among other things) that they’re sometimes forced to go without eating.
(Sources: World Vision [11], US Department of Agriculture)

5. Work longer and harder than most of us.
While it’s popular to think people are poor because they’re lazy (which seems to be the whole point of Ramsey’s post [4]), the poor actually work longer and harder than the rest of us. More than 80 percent of impoverished children have at least one parent who works; 60 percent have at least one parent who works full-time. Overall, the poor work longer hours [12] than the so-called “job creators.”
(Source: Poverty and Learning [12], April 2008)

6. Go to bed 3 hours before their first job starts. 
Number 15 on Ramsey and Corley’s list [4] was, “44% of [the] wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of [the] poor.” It may be true that most poor people don’t wake up three hours before work starts. But that could be because they’re more likely to work multiple jobs [12], in which case job #1 means they’re probably just getting to bed three hours before job #2 starts.
(Source: Poverty and Learning [12], April 2008)

7. Try to avoid getting beat up by someone they love. 
According to some estimates [13], half of all homeless women in America ran away to escape domestic violence.
(Source: National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009)

8. Put themselves in harm’s way, only to be kicked to the streets afterward. 
How else do you explain 67,000 63,000 homeless veterans [14]?
(Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs [14], updated to reflect the most recent data)

9. Pay more than their fair share of taxes. 
Some conservative pundits and politicians like to think the poor don’t pay their fair share, that they are merely “takers.” While it’s true the poor don’t pay as much in federal income tax — usually because they don’t earn enough to qualify — they do pay sales tax, payroll tax, etc. In fact [15], the bottom 20% of earners pay TWICE as much in taxes (as a share of their income) as do the top 1%.
(Source: Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy [16], January 2013)

10. Fall further behind. 
Even when poverty is the result of poor decision-making, often it’s someone else’s choices that make the difference. If you experience poverty as a child [11], you are 3-4 times less likely to graduate high school. If you spend your entire childhood in poverty, you are 5 times less likely to graduate. Which means your future has been all but decided for you.
(Sources: World Vision [11], Children’s Defense Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation)

11. Raise kids who will be poor. 
A child’s future earnings are closely correlated to their parents’ earnings. In other words, economic mobility — the idea that you can claw your way out of poverty if you just try hard enough is, more often than not, a myth [17].
(Sources: OECD, Economic Policy Institute)

12. Vote less. 
And who can blame them? I would be less inclined to vote [18] if I didn’t have easy access to the polls and if I were subjected to draconian voter ID laws that are sold to the public as necessary to suppress nonexistent voter fraud.
(Source: The Center for Voting and Democracy [19])

13. When they do vote… vote pretty much the same as the rest of us. 
Following their defeat in 2012, conservatives took solace by reasoning that they’d lost to a bunch of “takers,” including the poor, who voted for Democrats because they want free handouts from big government. The reality is a bit more complex. Only a third of low-income voters identify as Democrats [20], about the same for all Americans, including wealthy voters.
(Sources: NPR [20]Pew Research Center [21])

14. Live with chronic pain. 
Those earning less than $12,000 a year are twice as likely to report feeling physical pain [22] on any given day.
(Source: Kaiser Health News [22])

15. Live shorter lives. 
There is a 10-14 year gap [23] in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. In recent years, poor people’s life expectancy has actually declined — in America, the wealthiest nation on the planet.
(Source: Health Affairs, 2012)

16. Use drugs and alcohol pretty much the same as (or less than) everyone else. 
Despite the common picture of inner city crack houses, drug use is pretty evenly spread [12] across income groups. And rich people actually abuse alcohol more than the poor.
(Source: Poverty and Learning [12], April 2008)

17. Receive less in subsidized benefits than corporations. 
The US government spends around $60 billion on public housing and rental subsidies for low-income families, compared to more than $90 billion on corporate subsidies [24]. Oil companies alone get around $70 billion. And that’s not counting the nearly $60 billion a year in tax breaks corporations enjoy by sheltering profits offshore. Or the $700 billion bailout banks got in 2008.
(Source: Think By Numbers [24])

18. Get themselves off welfare as soon as possible. 
Despite the odds, the vast majority of beneficiaries leave the welfare rolls [25] within five years. Even in the absence of official welfare-to-work programming, most welfare recipients enroll in some form of vocational training [26]. Why? Because they’re desperate to get off welfare.
(Source: US Department of Health and Human Services)

19. Have about the same number of children as everyone else. 
No, poor people do not have loads of children [26] just so they can stay on welfare.
(Source: US Department of Health and Human Services)

20. Accomplish one single goal: stay alive.  
Poverty in America may not be as dire as poverty in other parts of the world, but many working poor families are nonetheless preoccupied with day-to-day survival. For them, life is not something to be enjoyed so much as endured.

These are the real habits of the poor, those with whom Jesus identifies most closely.



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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM
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Yeah there's a glaring omission: being vilified, blamed, dismissed.

squeekers
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by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 11:44 PM
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 also the poor cannot afford Obamacare unless they stick with state medical, which is the bottom of the barrel to begin with.

Cmgmqmmom
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 11:44 PM
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Interesting.
Being this is Cafe Mom, you're going to get a whole lot of women who are going to disagree with this, even though it's based in statistics.
It's easier to just blame the poor for their situation.
Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 11:48 PM
6 moms liked this
I hope a lot of people read this.
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 17, 2014 at 11:54 PM
30 moms liked this

Here's something else related to this OP that I came across:


Being Poor

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.

Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.

Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they’re what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there’s not an $800 car in America that’s worth a damn.

Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.

Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends’ houses but never has friends over to yours.

Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won’t hear you say “I get free lunch” when you get to the cashier.

Being poor is living next to the freeway.

Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back seat, clutching that box of Raisin Bran you just bought and trying to think of a way to make the kids understand that the box has to last.

Being poor is wondering if your well-off sibling is lying when he says he doesn’t mind when you ask for help.

Being poor is off-brand toys.

Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.

Being poor is knowing you can’t leave $5 on the coffee table when your friends are around.

Being poor is hoping your kids don’t have a growth spurt.

Being poor is stealing meat from the store, frying it up before your mom gets home and then telling her she doesn’t have make dinner tonight because you’re not hungry anyway.

Being poor is Goodwill underwear.

Being poor is not enough space for everyone who lives with you.

Being poor is feeling the glued soles tear off your supermarket shoes when you run around the playground.

Being poor is your kid’s school being the one with the 15-year-old textbooks and no air conditioning.

Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.

Being poor is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.

Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.

Being poor is finding the letter your mom wrote to your dad, begging him for the child support.

Being poor is a bathtub you have to empty into the toilet.

Being poor is stopping the car to take a lamp from a stranger’s trash.

Being poor is making lunch for your kid when a cockroach skitters over the bread, and you looking over to see if your kid saw.

Being poor is believing a GED actually makes a goddamned difference.

Being poor is people angry at you just for walking around in the mall.

Being poor is not taking the job because you can’t find someone you trust to watch your kids.

Being poor is the police busting into the apartment right next to yours.

Being poor is not talking to that girl because she’ll probably just laugh at your clothes.

Being poor is hoping you’ll be invited for dinner.

Being poor is a sidewalk with lots of brown glass on it.

Being poor is people thinking they know something about you by the way you talk.

Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise.

Being poor is your kid’s teacher assuming you don’t have any books in your home.

Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap.

Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.

Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.

Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually stupid.

Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually lazy.

Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.

Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasn’t bought first.

Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because that’s two extra packages for every dollar.

Being poor is having to live with choices you didn’t know you made when you were 14 years old.

Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.

Being poor is knowing you’re being judged.

Being poor is a box of crayons and a $1 coloring book from a community center Santa.

Being poor is checking the coin return slot of every soda machine you go by.

Being poor is deciding that it’s all right to base a relationship on shelter.

Being poor is knowing you really shouldn’t spend that buck on a Lotto ticket.

Being poor is hoping the register lady will spot you the dime.

Being poor is feeling helpless when your child makes the same mistakes you did, and won’t listen to you beg them against doing so.

Being poor is a cough that doesn’t go away.

Being poor is making sure you don’t spill on the couch, just in case you have to give it back before the lease is up.

Being poor is a $200 paycheck advance from a company that takes $250 when the paycheck comes in.

Being poor is four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree.

Being poor is a lumpy futon bed.

Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.

Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.

Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.

Being poor is seeing how few options you have.

Being poor is running in place.

Being poor is people wondering why you didn’t leave.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:01 AM
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This made me cry.  I'm poor but fortunate enough to have avoided public assistance and have a good support system in my family, but a lot of these still hit really close to home.  

Quoting Goodwoman614:

Here's something else related to this OP that I came across:

Being Poor

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.

Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.

Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they’re what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there’s not an $800 car in America that’s worth a damn.

Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.

Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends’ houses but never has friends over to yours.

Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won’t hear you say “I get free lunch” when you get to the cashier.

Being poor is living next to the freeway.

Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back seat, clutching that box of Raisin Bran you just bought and trying to think of a way to make the kids understand that the box has to last.

Being poor is wondering if your well-off sibling is lying when he says he doesn’t mind when you ask for help.

Being poor is off-brand toys.

Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.

Being poor is knowing you can’t leave $5 on the coffee table when your friends are around.

Being poor is hoping your kids don’t have a growth spurt.

Being poor is stealing meat from the store, frying it up before your mom gets home and then telling her she doesn’t have make dinner tonight because you’re not hungry anyway.

Being poor is Goodwill underwear.

Being poor is not enough space for everyone who lives with you.

Being poor is feeling the glued soles tear off your supermarket shoes when you run around the playground.

Being poor is your kid’s school being the one with the 15-year-old textbooks and no air conditioning.

Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.

Being poor is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.

Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.

Being poor is finding the letter your mom wrote to your dad, begging him for the child support.

Being poor is a bathtub you have to empty into the toilet.

Being poor is stopping the car to take a lamp from a stranger’s trash.

Being poor is making lunch for your kid when a cockroach skitters over the bread, and you looking over to see if your kid saw.

Being poor is believing a GED actually makes a goddamned difference.

Being poor is people angry at you just for walking around in the mall.

Being poor is not taking the job because you can’t find someone you trust to watch your kids.

Being poor is the police busting into the apartment right next to yours.

Being poor is not talking to that girl because she’ll probably just laugh at your clothes.

Being poor is hoping you’ll be invited for dinner.

Being poor is a sidewalk with lots of brown glass on it.

Being poor is people thinking they know something about you by the way you talk.

Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise.

Being poor is your kid’s teacher assuming you don’t have any books in your home.

Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap.

Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.

Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.

Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually stupid.

Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually lazy.

Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.

Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasn’t bought first.

Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because that’s two extra packages for every dollar.

Being poor is having to live with choices you didn’t know you made when you were 14 years old.

Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.

Being poor is knowing you’re being judged.

Being poor is a box of crayons and a $1 coloring book from a community center Santa.

Being poor is checking the coin return slot of every soda machine you go by.

Being poor is deciding that it’s all right to base a relationship on shelter.

Being poor is knowing you really shouldn’t spend that buck on a Lotto ticket.

Being poor is hoping the register lady will spot you the dime.

Being poor is feeling helpless when your child makes the same mistakes you did, and won’t listen to you beg them against doing so.

Being poor is a cough that doesn’t go away.

Being poor is making sure you don’t spill on the couch, just in case you have to give it back before the lease is up.

Being poor is a $200 paycheck advance from a company that takes $250 when the paycheck comes in.

Being poor is four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree.

Being poor is a lumpy futon bed.

Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.

Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.

Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.

Being poor is seeing how few options you have.

Being poor is running in place.

Being poor is people wondering why you didn’t leave.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/


Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:06 AM
4 moms liked this


Quoting jessilin0113:

This made me cry.  I'm poor but fortunate enough to have avoided public assistance and have a good support system in my family, but a lot of these still hit really close to home.  

Quoting Goodwoman614:

Here's something else related to this OP that I came across:

Being Poor

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.

Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.

Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they’re what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there’s not an $800 car in America that’s worth a damn.

Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.

Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends’ houses but never has friends over to yours.

Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won’t hear you say “I get free lunch” when you get to the cashier.

Being poor is living next to the freeway.

Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back seat, clutching that box of Raisin Bran you just bought and trying to think of a way to make the kids understand that the box has to last.

Being poor is wondering if your well-off sibling is lying when he says he doesn’t mind when you ask for help.

Being poor is off-brand toys.

Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.

Being poor is knowing you can’t leave $5 on the coffee table when your friends are around.

Being poor is hoping your kids don’t have a growth spurt.

Being poor is stealing meat from the store, frying it up before your mom gets home and then telling her she doesn’t have make dinner tonight because you’re not hungry anyway.

Being poor is Goodwill underwear.

Being poor is not enough space for everyone who lives with you.

Being poor is feeling the glued soles tear off your supermarket shoes when you run around the playground.

Being poor is your kid’s school being the one with the 15-year-old textbooks and no air conditioning.

Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.

Being poor is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.

Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.

Being poor is finding the letter your mom wrote to your dad, begging him for the child support.

Being poor is a bathtub you have to empty into the toilet.

Being poor is stopping the car to take a lamp from a stranger’s trash.

Being poor is making lunch for your kid when a cockroach skitters over the bread, and you looking over to see if your kid saw.

Being poor is believing a GED actually makes a goddamned difference.

Being poor is people angry at you just for walking around in the mall.

Being poor is not taking the job because you can’t find someone you trust to watch your kids.

Being poor is the police busting into the apartment right next to yours.

Being poor is not talking to that girl because she’ll probably just laugh at your clothes.

Being poor is hoping you’ll be invited for dinner.

Being poor is a sidewalk with lots of brown glass on it.

Being poor is people thinking they know something about you by the way you talk.

Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise.

Being poor is your kid’s teacher assuming you don’t have any books in your home.

Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap.

Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.

Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.

Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually stupid.

Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually lazy.

Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.

Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasn’t bought first.

Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because that’s two extra packages for every dollar.

Being poor is having to live with choices you didn’t know you made when you were 14 years old.

Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.

Being poor is knowing you’re being judged.

Being poor is a box of crayons and a $1 coloring book from a community center Santa.

Being poor is checking the coin return slot of every soda machine you go by.

Being poor is deciding that it’s all right to base a relationship on shelter.

Being poor is knowing you really shouldn’t spend that buck on a Lotto ticket.

Being poor is hoping the register lady will spot you the dime.

Being poor is feeling helpless when your child makes the same mistakes you did, and won’t listen to you beg them against doing so.

Being poor is a cough that doesn’t go away.

Being poor is making sure you don’t spill on the couch, just in case you have to give it back before the lease is up.

Being poor is a $200 paycheck advance from a company that takes $250 when the paycheck comes in.

Being poor is four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree.

Being poor is a lumpy futon bed.

Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.

Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.

Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.

Being poor is seeing how few options you have.

Being poor is running in place.

Being poor is people wondering why you didn’t leave.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/

This was a depressing read for me as well. I have a personal familiarity with some of these myself.

If you click on the link and read the comments, it is eye-opening. One reply talks of how they were in the armed forces, and a big reason many enlist isn't for the 3 hots and a cot, the training, etc..it is for the dental care. They know that if they enlist the government will fix their rotting teeth. That one of the surest ways to know someone's impoverished is that they have bad teeth.

little.worthen
by Tess on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM
Yeah I thought that's why we had obamacare in the first place.. Whatever happened to "everyone deserves healthcare!" And "free healthcare!"

Quoting squeekers:

 also the poor cannot afford Obamacare unless they stick with state medical, which is the bottom of the barrel to begin with.

angelizedsinz
by Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:09 AM
1 mom liked this
Same here.



Quoting jessilin0113:

This made me cry.  I'm poor but fortunate enough to have avoided public assistance and have a good support system in my family, but a lot of these still hit really close to home.  

Quoting Goodwoman614:

Here's something else related to this OP that I came across:

Being Poor

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.


Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.


Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they’re what
you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because
there’s not an $800 car in America that’s worth a damn.


Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.


Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends’ houses but never has friends over to yours.


Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school
lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won’t hear you say
“I get free lunch” when you get to the cashier.


Being poor is living next to the freeway.


Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back
seat, clutching that box of Raisin Bran you just bought and trying to
think of a way to make the kids understand that the box has to last.


Being poor is wondering if your well-off sibling is lying when he says he doesn’t mind when you ask for help.


Being poor is off-brand toys.


Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.


Being poor is knowing you can’t leave $5 on the coffee table when your friends are around.


Being poor is hoping your kids don’t have a growth spurt.


Being poor is stealing meat from the store, frying it up before your
mom gets home and then telling her she doesn’t have make dinner tonight
because you’re not hungry anyway.


Being poor is Goodwill underwear.


Being poor is not enough space for everyone who lives with you.


Being poor is feeling the glued soles tear off your supermarket shoes when you run around the playground.


Being poor is your kid’s school being the one with the 15-year-old textbooks and no air conditioning.


Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.


Being poor is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.


Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.


Being poor is finding the letter your mom wrote to your dad, begging him for the child support.


Being poor is a bathtub you have to empty into the toilet.


Being poor is stopping the car to take a lamp from a stranger’s trash.


Being poor is making lunch for your kid when a cockroach skitters over the bread, and you looking over to see if your kid saw.


Being poor is believing a GED actually makes a goddamned difference.


Being poor is people angry at you just for walking around in the mall.


Being poor is not taking the job because you can’t find someone you trust to watch your kids.


Being poor is the police busting into the apartment right next to yours.


Being poor is not talking to that girl because she’ll probably just laugh at your clothes.


Being poor is hoping you’ll be invited for dinner.


Being poor is a sidewalk with lots of brown glass on it.


Being poor is people thinking they know something about you by the way you talk.


Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise.


Being poor is your kid’s teacher assuming you don’t have any books in your home.


Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap.


Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.


Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.


Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually stupid.


Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually lazy.


Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.


Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasn’t bought first.


Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because that’s two extra packages for every dollar.


Being poor is having to live with choices you didn’t know you made when you were 14 years old.


Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.


Being poor is knowing you’re being judged.


Being poor is a box of crayons and a $1 coloring book from a community center Santa.


Being poor is checking the coin return slot of every soda machine you go by.


Being poor is deciding that it’s all right to base a relationship on shelter.


Being poor is knowing you really shouldn’t spend that buck on a Lotto ticket.


Being poor is hoping the register lady will spot you the dime.


Being poor is feeling helpless when your child makes the same
mistakes you did, and won’t listen to you beg them against doing so.


Being poor is a cough that doesn’t go away.


Being poor is making sure you don’t spill on the couch, just in case you have to give it back before the lease is up.


Being poor is a $200 paycheck advance from a company that takes $250 when the paycheck comes in.


Being poor is four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree.


Being poor is a lumpy futon bed.


Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.


Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.


Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.


Being poor is seeing how few options you have.


Being poor is running in place.


Being poor is people wondering why you didn’t leave.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/

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by Lauren on Mar. 18, 2014 at 1:29 AM
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