I Grew Up In Poverty

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    I remember the duplex being cold

    because we couldn't afford to turn up the heat too high. My sister and I put on two pairs of socks, wrapped ourselves in blankets and shivered on the floor by the vent. We were hungry and waiting for dinner. My dad wasn't a slacker. He worked for himself and his family every...
    Chuckabeth Chuckabeth
    2 Responses Aug 29, 2014

    I Smile

    Since we have no electric power/service, we have to serve dinner before dawn or at least before it gets dark. Otherwise we'd be having a candle light dinner. Almost everyday porridge is served. Porridge is less expensive and need not much to flavor. Just cuts of meat to...
    ladyryan ladyryan
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Mar 8, 2012

    It Was What It Was

    Nasty shag carpet, broken down couch(which I threw trash behind), w*rms in the bathtub in '89/'90, drapes that were enmeshed with dust. You just didn't want to TOUCH some things. I hated the matches on the floor. But somehow my mom made steak for dinner, and got me lots of...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 7, 2009

    White Trash

    I grew up in a series of trailer parks. My mom spent more food stamps than dollars. And most of the money she did get went for booze and pot. I didn't have a single article of clothing that did not come from Goodwill or a Salvation Army throift store until I was 14, and that was...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Jan 23, 2010

    All My Life

    My mother never worked as she looked after me and my siblings. My dad worked a ****** min wage job until he left when I was around 10 so I was always relatively poor. I don't mind though.
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    Apr 24, 2012
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