Thinking Poorly

I grew up in a singlewide, too. I didn’t even really understand that I was poor until I was at least 10 or 11. Everyone I knew, except my grandparents, lived the same way I did. I just thought what I saw on TV (which turned out to be in many cases “normal” middle-class lives) was exaggerated. Sure, I was very smart and read a lot, but I had no basis for comparison.

So, no, I never thought, “We are so poor.” It’s just the way things were.