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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-04 02:02 PM
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11. Many people do not realize this
They've never lived it - it's not something that occurs to one if you haven't lived it.

I read a very good book called "The Working Poor" recently. One of the things the author pointed out was this very thing. It is an incredible amount of work to exist on the fringe of society.

Say a single mother has a job. She has an old car because she can't afford a new one. The car often has problems that require her to put money into it, which keeps her from saving for a better one. If it breaks down, she either misses or is late for work.

She lives in a low income apartment that has mildew like so many do. Her son has asthma and misses school because of it. He has asthma because of the apartment. She can't afford to move from the place because she misses work when he can't go to school thereby keeping her from saving the money it would cost to move.

Etc. It's an endless cycle. I've been there and it's nearly impossible to break out of. Especially if you have limited education or if you've never experienced anything else.

You did a good deed - I'm sure that guy really appreciated it.
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