Had a conversation about what meaning poor means. Here was my answer – what’s yours?
Being poor means you get run down – your clothes wear out, your don’t cut your hair often enough, you don’t see a doctor or a dentist, and so on – you put off every expense you can.
I once walked to hours to a job setting up a circus; worked over 12 hours setting it up, then walked 2 hours home because the money for the bus was enough to eat on for a day, and I just couldn’t justify it. I have gone to a job in the morning and then walked down to the soup kitchen for my lunch. I have gone to work when my feet were injured, placing them in plastic bags inside my runners so that the blood didn’t leak out, because I needed the money.
Being poor means being rousted because you don’t dress well and some cop or rent-a-cop wants to feel big or thinks you “lower the tone” of a place. And being poor means you can’t do anything about it – you can’t afford to “sue” someone. Being poor means not having a checking account and having to pay usurious rates at check cashing places.
Being poor means you do what you gotta do, you take the crap you gotta take and you wonder why being poor also means people feel like they can treat you like garbage.
Being poor sucks.