Being Poor

Being Poor. Is living in an 8×8 van conversion with 4 people on dads property having to make a septic pond behind it and covering it with lime you took from you dads house and cut grass from the farm down the road so that it won’t smell.

Being poor is going days without food so that your children wont starve.  And having a family member buy you food because they know you don’t have any. And do the same for them when they don’t have any and you have a little extra money.

Being poor is going without heat, water, and electricity because you didn’t have enough to pay the bills because you bought food instead and decided that you can go to the creek and get the water, build a fire for heat, and use the fire for light.

Being poor is getting hand downs from friends so that you can clothe your children and yourself.

Being poor is hoping that no one will take your children a way because you are poor.

Being poor in making sure that your vegatable garden is well taken care of  so that youll have food through the winter. Scavenging at night on others farms for food(usually in wooded areas). Setting traps for rabbits and other animals to get protein. And fishing a lot in areas that police won’t catch you(Because you can afford the fishing licence or taking you children and saying their fishing so you don’t get fined..)

Being poor is hunting in the off season to feed your family and hoping you wont get caught.

Being poor is walking every where .

Being poor is having a vegetable garden from 10 cent seeds you bought and saving seed from a few that you left in the ground to go to seed.

Being poor is using everything, fixing it yourself if it breaks, and hoping the fix doesn’t break again, or finding other ways to use everything.

Being poor is never throwing anything out just in case you can use it for something else.

Being poor is using the library to learn new skills because you can’t afford to go to college even on a scholarship and with assistance.

Being poor is the rich being in a glass bottom boat where your underneath it with a rope holding you under and they tell you that your good for nothing when you are good at a lot of things,except making money because you don’t understand all the crap that banks do to take money, you can’t save because everything is expensive to you, and you just want to strangle the guy above you because he is rich and not doing anything to help you get ahead….

 

It is taking me a long time to climb out. But now I am teaching my children about what I understand about money. We still can’t save anything yet we are still living paycheck to paycheck but at least I figured out a way to get an education I owe a ton of money but hopefully my children wont owe a thing because I will take care of it all and have all the debt and when I die everything will be in their name and what ever money and such that is left they can pay the bills from there. Hopefully they wont have to pay those bills out of their money….

2 Comments

  1. 503me said,

    February 11, 2013 at 03:31

    Thank you for your posting and you hit so well on the plight of the ‘poor’ in our country and for that matter on a global scale. Although most of my adult life has been one of monetary poverty, I have been blessed to be rich in spirit and family and friends. Hopefully someday we will be able to crash through that glass bottomed boat. Would I have your permission to share your posting?


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