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December 5, 2002
Every school makes children complete free/reduced price lunch forms. Having to ask for them the first day of every school year embarrassed me to no end. The embarrassment never left me -- how could it since I stood in line every day dispensing my number in exchange for food?

One day was different. I was starting fourth grade and brought home the form. My dad filled it out, smiled, and showed it to my mom who also smiled. We no longer qualified for free lunch. We’d moved to reduced price.

We were finally getting somewhere in this world: less poor.