the deserving poor

Written By: Miranda - Oct• 15•09

I started thinking seriously about income and much and too much – money in other words – a week or so ago. In a semi-organized way I mean. As a subject, not as in “how will I be paying the electric bill this week” kind of way.

I was listening to National Public Radio in the car. The conversation was about the health care system as usual and I wasn’t really paying attention when I heard one of the voices say something like – “..for families who are poor, you know families living on 40, 50 or 60 thousand dollars”. It was just a scrap sentence but it gave me quite a jolt because I don’t make anywhere near 60, 50 or even 40 thousand dollars, and I don’t think I am poor.

I’m certainly not rich, I live from paycheck to paycheck, pretty much. I’m certainly aware of that today, I just wrote a check for my property taxes and I think I have about a hundred and fifty bucks to last the next two weeks.
But I don’t think of myself as poor.

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