We Were So Poor…Lessons From Living Down and Out: A series of people talking about what it was like to live poor when growing up. One point that is emphasized is that there is a difference between being broke and being poor:
“Broke” is temporary. It’s running out of money before you run out of month (and being thankful that Seattle is overgrown with blackberries in the summer, because at least you’ve got a free source of fruit until the next paycheck comes in).
“Poor” is something else. It’s hunger, and clothes that don’t fit, and homes that are uncomfortable and unsafe. It’s not having enough or even the prospect of having enough.