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December 4, 2002
We were never so poor that we struggled to put food on the table. Food was the only thing we ever spent money on. We always had chicken and rice to eat (in fact, that’s all we ever ate). While food was a necessity, it was clear that nothing else was: clothing, vacations, Christmas presents of any kind.

We never celebrated Christmas before I was six years old (when my cousins took pity on us). After that, it was a sporadic celebration until I was twelve or thirteen and we were less poor.

Less poor feels no different from poor.