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Hand-Me-Down Clothes

You’re not poor unless you went to school sporting someone else’s jeans with a patched knee and a coat that was either two sizes too small or so big your mom (that crazy bitch) tried to make you and your brother wear it at the same time. Forget fashion and style. A poor kid’s clothes are functional. I hear kids today bitching about not having $100 pants or some brand-name handbag and I want to punch them in the face. Forget grounding and time-outs. I’m talking an old school, close-fisted drunk dad doing an Ike Turner-learns kung fu impression-style beating.

A Related Note: When you are this poor, duct tape is considered clothing. There were many days when I would tape my Converses back together, or use that wonder material to hem some pants.