Interesting Article on Growing Up Poor
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I read an interesting article today about "The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor". (Mild obscenity alert, so if that kind of thing bugs you, don't read it...)
I didn't grow up super poor, but we didn't have much to spare. Once I was out in The Real World, I spent a lot of time at the Just Scraping By level. So I found myself nodding through the whole article--not just at the things people do when they don't have money, but they way they react when the suddenly *do*. (I've got a blog or three here about learning to accept abundance. It's harder than you'd think, if you never grew up with it!)
But the main reason I'm posting it here is what the author has to say about food. How hard it is to buy simple, nutritious food if you don't have enough money. How hard it is to buy fresh fruit and veggies. How easy it is to become overweight on not that much food (by volume), since the cheap stuff has nothing to offer, really, but excessive calories....
When I was growing up, we often had a vegetable garden. Made a big difference, in terms of having good food available, in terms of knowing what real food tastes like. But how do you do that in a city?
Ooof. I wish things were fair.