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If You Grew Up Poor — When Was The Moment You Realized It?

That moment when you see your rich friend has a pantry just for snacks...

Recently, I had a little going-to-sleep-thinking-about-everything-bad-that-happened-in-my-life childhood flashback where I remembered a family member asking one of my parents if it was safe to park their car on my street...where I lived.

Of course, this spiraled into me thinking about every moment in my childhood where someone made me hyperaware of the fact that my family had less money than theirs. Like that one time I actually had a birthday party, and as soon as one of my classmates entered my house, she looked around the room and said, "Is this it?"

If you grew up poor, you've probably, at some point, had a moment of realization that your family was not rich.

Maybe someone teased you because your clothes were hand-me-downs or not "name-brand."

Maybe your classmate was talking about their vacation to Cancun, and you realized you'd not only never been on vacation before, but you'd never even left the state.

Or maybe your friends would never come over to play at your house or apartment because their parents wouldn't let them.

If you had one of these ~moments of realization~ in your childhood, I want to hear about it. In the comments below, let me know when you realized that you or your family was poor. If you want to remain anonymous, you can submit your story using this Google Form.

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