This post contains an article written by a woman living in poverty explaining why she makes what seems like terrible decisions and an adverse response from another woman also suffering financial hardship.
- Members of the working poor, both women attend college with full-course loads in addition to their jobs
- Both are exhausted ALL the time.
- Unable to afford dental care, both know what it is to have crumbling teeth.
- Unable to afford medical care (even low cost clinics COST), both have experienced prolonged pain.
- Both women live paycheck to paycheck with zero funds for emergencies.
Though they yearn for higher paying jobs, they are limited by appearance from applying for them. These higher-up-the-ladder positions are won by applicants with better clothes, healthier skin, better teeth and smiles. (Anyone who thinks appearance isn’t a big part of an applicant’s offering is living in Dreamland).
After it was published, Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts, written under a pseudonym, rapidly went viral.
Soon after and with a viewpoint on the opposite side of the fence, Tina Shang responded with A Response to “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts.”
Their takes on poverty and decisions are especially compelling to read, I think, during this holiday week when many gather around feast-laden tables to commemorate our country’s first Thanksgiving.
More on Haves and Have-Nots:
- Happily Living Dirt Cheap in New York City
- 10 Reasons Why I’m Glad I’m not Rich
- Is Your Employer Underpaying You?
- The Savvy Saving Gene
- Living a Debt Free Life
- Are Those Singles in Your Wallet Worth Thousands?