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Does this look like a family that can afford new underwear?

My family circa 1960. I’m the youngest, to the right, on my mother’s lap. My mother was likely pregnant with my younger brother when this photo was taken. Two younger sisters arrived within 14 months of each other after him. My parents were card-carrying members of the “working poor.”  My father did everything from maintenance and pumping gas, to delivering eggs, to provide for his family.  He always had a large garden, and chickens for meat and eggs. My mother canned the produce, plucked and gutted the chickens, cooked nutritious meals, made a lot of our clothes, braided rugs to decorate the house and keep our feet warm from the cold floor.  But when it came to buying underwear and socks for this troop at the beginning of the school year, I don’t know how they did it.


Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

One thought on “Does this look like a family that can afford new underwear?

  1. That is funny!! I was one of three and I know underware were a tough thing in our “working poor” class home!! Now my husband and I have 8 children and I am a little crazy about the underware and sock thing!hahhaha….Oh well it never really hurt me growing up. We were such thankful kids. I am sad to see my kids sometimes having the”easy come, easy go attitude” I am thinking even though they aren’t spoiled they have too much. Why? With this “throw away” society we get hand-me-downs(clothes and toys) so frequently. I have to limit that even.

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