we grew up "below the poverty line" but never knew it.
in those days, a military salary was not meant to support a family. my mother never worked outside our home, but i remember her staying up very late to sew our clothes, or to do the washing and ironing for other people. our clothes were home made or second hand, and if we wanted extra, we had to earn our own money. Christmas was skimpy, but we had fun. when i got married, we had nothing. my husband decided he needed to go back to school and along came kids at the same time....wonder what happened to the free cheese lines and powdered milk?? chicken parts can be stretched in creative ways, and PBJ and day old bread work too. goodwill was cheap in those days. i knew where every dented can store was.
i feel a little sorry for kids now. they have missed all the lessons that we learned. when i go into the "poor" part of town and find all the kids with ipods and 100 dollar shoes, i wonder how poor is now defined?
we missed the great depression and THE WAR. maybe our parents and grandparents through we were spoiled too? if our children and grandchildren do not have their character forged through adversity, do we present to the world successively weaker generation?
oh well, today i spoil my already spoiled grandchildren!!!!