So, having fond childhood memories of family vacations at the coast,
and week-end getaways at popular holiday resorts, always having a
nice house with neat garden and driving a car that were never an embarrassment,
that never ever left us stranded next to a road, certainly doesn’t help to accept
this poverty that I am facing today.
Did I ever dream of being a poor parent, did I ever dream that I would have to see my children grow up in poverty, without choices, without proper medical care, without three healthy meals a day, did I dream of driving a car that is 5 years younger than me, a car that should have been in a junk yard 15 years ago? A car that would break down around every corner, that would leave us stranded and vulnerable next to a road, or stuck at home missing school and work?
Did I ever dream of living in a poverty-stricken suburb in a 60 m² meter concrete shack with a tin roof, concrete floors without a hot water system? Did I ever dream that my children will have to grow up without bedrooms or cupboards where they can put their clothes, books and belongings in? Did I dream of my children being unhappy about having to grow up this way? The answer is no…
Wealthy people will never understand what it is like, and they are very opinionated regarding a poor persons circumstances. Also quick to judge, but let me tell you they have no idea. I am not poor because of bad choices I made, I am poor because I never had opportunities to study, I am poor because I was retrenched from a good job with a good salary because of the global recession in 2011, and after that I just never got another opportunity to have a good steady income, I didn’t have three children when I was poor, I had my children before I became stuck in this poverty.
When I tell you I have no money it means I have no money and I’m flat broke, when a wealthy person tell you they have no money, they can still buy groceries and pay for things on their accounts, or with credit cards etc. I don’t have that luxury, and I’m glad I don’t, because I don’t want to be in debt….
All I really want is to give my children the living conditions they deserve….