I was poor, who knew?!?

This adorable Joe Fresh t-shirt only cost me $1.49!  $1.49!  I made her wear this almost every week last summer.  The print was easy to co-ordinate and it breathed really well.

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Top: $1.49 from Value Village / Brand: Joe Fresh

Bottom: Value Village shorts $0.99

Headband: Rhyla $16 U.S.

When I was a kid, twice a year we would visit the The Scott Mission on  Spadina in Toronto.  We would go to their basement and  pick out clothes from these bins.  I remember it was the most awesome feeling in the world.  As a kid, I thought what a amazing place this is,  we get to pick out all the clothes we want, and take them home without paying.  I assumed we did not pay because I don’t recall my parents taking out their wallet or give any money away.  We had been in Canada for about a year or two.  I never thought of us as poor until years later when I realized that program was for low in come families.

At the time my whole family slept in a single large bedroom.  I did not think this was cramped at all and loved every minute of it.  If I woke up in the middle of the night from a nightmare, I looked around and saw my siblings and mom and dad in beds right next to mine.  My brother and sister and I would goof around with each other before bed. They were such simple times.

I was totally oblivious to the fact that stats canada would classify my family as poor.  All I knew was bedtime was awesome because I got to play with my siblings right up until the moment I fell asleep. I had all the clothes I needed and my parents were relatively happy when they spent time with us.

This is a big part of why I buy used clothes and toys for Nora.  I know that she has no clue nor does she care right now where these things come from.  As long as I play with her and give her my undivided attention.  I’d rather she not know what poor and rich means for a long time.  I’d rather she consider herself rich for life because she has parents who love her unconditionally.

P.S. This post reminds me that I need to make a donation to The Scott Mission.  They do great work and I am grateful for their generosity to this day.


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