In Reply to: Re: From the ashes of defeat posted by MG on April 10, 2003 at 22:51:34:
I totally agree. And being hand-to-mouth poor is no big deal to people used to living right on the edge for 20 years, waiting for dimes to fall from the sky. You just pick up your guitar and sing, "We are gypsies, led by Abrahim..." etc. And quote yourself verses, "A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." There's a verse or a song to explain everything away.
There's no shame in being dirt-poor if you're just passing through that stage. Once I only had one penny in my pocket, looked down in the dirt and found another penny, doubling my wealth. Later things got better, but I came out of the Family with no real marketable skills and many months my wife and I would look around our small apartment and see which piece of furniture we could sell to pay the rent. When our first child was born my wife made me go out and get a "real" job, hard labor in the cold and the rain, but it paid the bills & put food on the table and eventually we moved on to better things.