As Poor or Rich as We Feel

As Poor or Rich as We Feel April 7, 2010

As I sit here not getting as much done as I had wished, I kind of liked this story which I can’t even claim is true, because I don’t know that it is, but it’s worth reading anyway:

By 1946 my older sisters were married and my brothers had left home. A month before Easter the pastor of our church announced that a special Easter offering would be taken to help a poor family. He asked everyone to save and give sacrificially.

When we got home, we talked about what we could do. We decided to buy 50 pounds of potatoes and live on them for a month. This would allow us to save $20 of our grocery money for the offering. When we thought that if we kept our electric lights turned out as much as possible and didn’t listen to the radio, we’d save money on that month’s electric bill. Darlene got as many house and yard cleaning jobs as possible, and both of us babysat for everyone we could. For 15 cents we could buy enough cotton loops to make three pot holders to sell for $1.

We made $20 on pot holders. That month was one of the best of our lives.

It’s a story you’ll want to read, either way.

But here is a story that I know is true. Welcome, Javier!

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