Being Poor by John
Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
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 thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.
Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because that’s two extra packages for every dollar.
I found these words very moving. I cried when I read some of them, laughed when I read some and even identified with some of them. This is what I have been looking for. This is real. This is what truly debt-ridden, poor people have to deal with constantly.
This is what you see when you cannot afford to say I saved extra money by quitting smoking….because you can’t even afford the cigarettes in the first place. (By the way I do not smoke so this does not apply to me).
I have had some people read this and not be able to comprehen what John writes about. They think it is a joke. These are obviously the ones who are not poor and so the concepts presented here are foreign to them.
Great job John on putting out those words.
It’s like he’s in my brain.
The Ramen, The toothache, oh my goodness.
I have one though:
Being poor is choosing brands by the red price per unit stickers at Walmart.