*Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.
*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 hoping the toothache goes away.
*Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends’ houses but never has friends over to yours.
*Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won’t hear you say “I get free lunch” when you get to the cashier.
*Being poor is living next to the freeway.
It goes on to list many, many similar items and then ends with:
*Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.
*Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.
*Being poor is seeing how few options you have.
*Being poor is running in place.
*Being poor is people wondering why you didn’t leave.
That single post received 436 responses. It is truly one of the best glimpses into poverty in America, as well as our responses to the problem. I urge you to take the time to read the entire thing and then go to the Blog Action Day website to learn more about the problem and what you, personally, can do.