As time goes by, I become even more of a classist! Yes, I’m admitting it, I do not care for rich people! Having grown up pauperized myself, it was easy to dislike my friends and peers who were able to afford even middle class privileges… We were barely able to keep a roof over our heads and food in our bellies, so hearing other kids complaining about the designer clothes and gadgets their parents wouldn’t buy them, really upset me. These days, as an adult, I continue to feel this tension with the upper class.
My own husband, for instance, drives me crazy with his past history of easy living. There are many benefits to the life experiences I’ve earned, such as my ability to reduce our domestic expenses through careful planning and efficient Heating, Ventilation plus A/C usage. You see, my silly husband is accustomed to running the central heating and cooling plan whenever he wanted to, back home. His family never bitched or fussed about running the Heating, Ventilation plus A/C system, because they had plenty of money for the energy company each month!
In my house, on the other hand, my mother refused to use the central Heating, Ventilation plus A/C plan most of the time. We understood how to keep ourselves sizzling through the long, brutal winters, without the help of a working gas furnace. Instead, we used caulking and plastic sheeting to insulate our doors and windows. We bought thick sweaters from thrift stores as stand-ins for the central gas furnace, and ran tiny section gas oil furnaces to sizzling up the immediate area where we lived. Maybe it wasn’t the easiest way to grow up, but after being a poor child, at least I know how to live like a poor adult.