How Can You Tell if You're Poor ?

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How Do You Know If You're Poor ?

( Updated Thursday, June 13, 2013 )

. You're mad at the dentist because you only went to him to get one tooth pulled, and he tells you that all you're teeth must come out.

. Instead of going to a dentist to have teeth replaced, you carve teeth from wood.

. You're back side itches, but there is no itch cream.

. You never have enough change in you're pocket to make a jingle.

. You're shoes are so worn out that the heels are uneven , and you can feel rocks under you where soles use to be.

. You're dog chews on a ham bone that you're next door neighbor gave him.

. You're dog growls when you go near his ham bone because he thinks you want to borrow it to cook beans again, and even when you tell him you will give it right back.

. You're dog takes a bite out of you while you're sleeping because he is hungry.

. You're doctor can only afford to work on you with farm tools.

. You're so poor you're bacon is made of fat.

. You're so poor you can never find pork in your beans.

. You're a fireman, but you're so poor, you're dog can not afford spots.

. You keep waiting, and waiting for the next stimulus package.

. You run out of potatoes too fast.

. You're so poor everyone wants to give you free soap ,and deodorant.

. You're so poor you have never put butter on a pancake in you're life.

. You're so poor you're a repeat offender of stealing railroad spikes.

. You're so poor the dentist wants to give you free teeth.

. You're so poor you forgot the color of milk .

. Check you're savings account. If there is no money in it , then you're poor.

. Check you're checking account. If you have nothing in it either, then you're probably poor.

. Check Your heart. If it starts beating fast when it is time to pay a dinner check, you're poor.

. Check you're bathroom. If there is no toilet tissue, toothpaste, soap to wash clothes, soap for you're bath, no shaving cream, then you're poor.

. Check the refrigerator, if the light does not come on, or if it is not running, and you're lights do not come on either, and if everyone else has electric , you either have ,and electrical problem ,or you're electric has been cut off because you're poor.

. You're so poor tramps want to give you pity sex.

. When you reach in your pocket for a nickel you can feel the hair on you're leg.

. You're shoes look old even after you wipe dirt off them.

. Every time you get into you're car you're fuel gauge is on empty.

. You're tires on you're car are balder than you're head.

. You're so poor you make soup from salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce you take from dinner tables.

. You're so poor you borrow toilet tissue from gas station restrooms.

. You're so poor dirt is afraid to go near you.

. Too many bills have made you're hair gray.

. You know when you're poor when a stamp is too expensive.

. You're disappointed because there are no 99 cent packs of hot dogs left at the supermarket sale. When you finally get a few dollars, the hot dogs are all gone.

. You can't wait until you're mother-in-law comes to visit to bring you some of her of commodity items.

. You stand in line day ,and night at the food pantry hoping they will give away cheese this time.

. You made a large sign, and hung it up by you're telephone, and it says. ABSOLUTELY NO STINKING LONG DISTANCE CALLS NO MATTER WHAT !

. You count the sheets on rolls of toilet tissue from different economy brands. You buy only the rolls that have the most sheets , and are most absorbent for you're money.

. You cannot imagine why anyone would put butter in a recipe when margarine will do.

. You cannot wait until relatives or friends send you Christmas cards because a few of them write checks to you're family.

. The junk you sell in you're garage sale is stuff that no one wants to buy.

. You have had the same old guitar for sale for two years. You cannot decide whether you want fifty ,or seventy five dollars for it.

. When you die you prefer to give you're body to science so that you can help young fledgling medical doctors learn more about the human body. You see no reason for a funeral, a casket, a wake, burial insurance, or any of that stuff.

. You're mad because the beach is closed and you can not rent out inner tubes to out of town swimmers.

. You're on you're way to Ohio in a very old pick up truck with bad shock absorbers, and you're pregnant wife's water broke.

. You know when you'er poor when you grab a cookie in a cookie jar, and you're youngest child says, " Don't eat it, it's mine."

. You sell watermelons, but bought too many of them and broke the muffler in your old station wagon because the rear end was dragging on the asphalt.

. You're a banana dealer, and you pray to God every day that you can sell all you're bananas before they become over ripe.

. You have and itchy behind, but you have to wait until you're first of the month check comes in around July to buy itch cream at the drug store.

. You can not sleep because roaches keep borrowing you're pillow.

. You drive real slow, and try to avoid bumps on the highway. You check the oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, air in you're tires. You check everything religiously on you're car so it want break down. Plus you say a prayer when you drive out of you're yard before you go anywhere.

. You can not give to any charities this year, perhaps next year.

. You call charity organizations to see if they can help you.

. You know when you're dirt poor when the entire town pitches in to have a party for you. The church, the mayor, the town council, the fire department, and social services representatives have a surprise party waiting for you and you're family. At the party there is plenty of ham, sandwiches, cold drinks, cookies, snacks, pies, and a nice large cooked turkey for you on Thanksgiving because even though you're very poor, everyone still loves you.

. You know when you're poor because you cry over every hardship story on you're soap operas.

. You know when you're poor when you get pissed off because instant coffee is too expensive, when you can brew it yourself from in you're socks, or from and old coffee pot.

. You know when you're poor when you're going hunting and fishing for food all the time.

. You know when you're poor when your old and cripple and you demand on unloading you're own groceries to avoid giving a tip.

. You know when you're poor when you make a list of as many things you can get done on one trip in order to save on gasoline.

. You know when you're poor when you wish buss es would come back to you're town.

. You know when you're poor when all you're underwear has holes.

. You know when you're poor when you economize on deodorant.

. You know when you're poor when you never go to a barber shop, when you cut you're on hair with a mirror.

. You know when you're poor when you leave the last egg in the refrigerator for you're wife.

. You know when you're poor when you're at war with roaches for a lifetime.

. You know when you'r poor when you're house cat is very light.

. You know when you're poor when you can feel you're own ribs like you're a xylophone.

. You know when you're poor when you line up all day for a free lunch at a political party.

. You know when you're poor when you open your billfold and there is only you're grocery list instead of cash.

. You know when you're poor when go shopping at flea markets for all you're clothes.

. You know you're poor when you borrow money from you're under age children.

. You know you're poor when you tell you're kids they better eat the crust on the bread of their sandwiches.

. You know when you're poor when the only beautiful clothes in you're home are the ones you buy for you're wife, and little girls.

. You know when you're poor when the only slice of bread in the house gets too old to eat because everyone in the family saves it for someone else.

. You know when you're poor when you take you're family out for Sunday rides in you're old car, and the only fast food that is bought is for the children because mom ,and dad already ate at home.

. You know when you're rich ,and poor when you thank God on Thanksgiving for the good health of you're family ,and friends, a roof over you're heads, and for the food on you're table, and for the good friends ,and loved ones in you're heart.

. You know when you're the richest poor man alive when you can thank God every day of you're life for the good things in you're life.

. You know when you're poor because you're rich with love.

. You know you're poor when you can not afford to buy thread to sew the hole up in you're pocket.

. You know you're poor when mercy is too expensive.

. You know when you're poor when a chicken loans you a match to cook it.

. You know when you're poor when slices of bread fall from Heaven.

May you're sky be blue, and God bless you.


Comments 88 comments

Fiddleman profile image

Fiddleman 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Love it!


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Poor in wealth but not in spirit I hope for all the best in your life,Lee;)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

This is so beautiful stars. You are so right that it isn't money that makes us rich or poor. It is all about what is in the heart. My father use to say he was rich because of his family and it had nothing to do with money which he had little of. God Bless you Stars-I know you are rich with your wonderful family.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Maybe I am poor in financial, but my heart is always rich by giving the best to others. Very provoking hub, but I love it. Thank you very much. Keep hubbing, my friend.

Blessing,


ed burns 6 years ago

Rich and poor doesn't matter anymore to me,only individuals heart should be pure.Any ways good hub.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Fiddleman: Thank you so much. GBY


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Mentalist acer : Well life is life. May as well make the best of it with what we have. Whatever that may be. GBY My Friend.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Minnetonka Twin : Thank you for passing thrrough. You say things in such a sweet way precious heart. GBY .


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear prasetio : Thank you for the wonderful visit my friend. GBY


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear ed burns : Thank you for the nice visit and the appreciated thoughts. GBY


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Great hub Stars, We don't need much besides a roof over our head and food on the table, but living in poverty is rough. Have a great thanksgiving.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Just remember not to buy the toilet paper that your fingers poke through. It's not worth the savings.

Itchy butt!? Good Lord!!

It's a sad world, my friend. God Bless You!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Great hub dear Stars,

Richness and poverty are both interpreted by the individual influenced by whether he or she chooses to accept the world's definition or our Lord's.

Bless you always,

Forever His,


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear FGual : Yep I think we all know about poverty. And I think most of us have experienced many of these situations, but love in a family makes it more bearable. GBY My Good Friend.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear James A Watkins: Poverty puts a lot of character in life, thats for sure. God Bless You my friend.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Rev Lady : Thank you again Dear Precious Love and heart for the kind words. GBY.


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neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

my great wonderful amazing friend thank you once- thank you a million times- you just made me aware i was RICHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear neeleshkulkarni : Thank you for the nice compliments. I have no doubt in my mind that you are a beholder of great wealth, having a wonderful family and all. GBY DEAR FRIEND.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Stars, When you have the Lord in your life you are rich beyond measure... There is nothing more valuable! In Him you can discover everything that you will ever need! "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it; the world and all who live in it!" Psalm 24. Continue to Thank the Lord everyday!

GOD is truly FAITHFUL!

Thank you for sharing your creative mind, in HIS Love, Grace, Joy Peace & Blessings! May the Lord supply all your needs! GOD Bless you all!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Mr.s Deborrah : You are my heart, and always will be. Your presence has helped me so much in my thoughts and in my life. You are like a Guardian angel to us all who know you and love you so dearly. God works miracles all the time through you, and our Rev. Lady and drpastorcarlotta. Life would be so awfully dull for souls like mine and others without you, and sharing hearts like you. I love you and Rev Lady and drpastorcarlotta very much. GBY Dear Heart.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Intersting points and great conclusion.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Hello hello : Thank you Dear heart for making another round my way. Your my precious chunk of sugar, and my sweet potatoe pie. Love ya forever and more. GBY.


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CarolineChicago 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

Very good hub! Yes, love and friendship do make us rich even when our bank account says we are not.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear CarolineChicago : Thank you for the kind visit and nice thoughts. God Bless You Dear Heart.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

One might be poor financially, but as long as one has God and even one friend one can never be poor.

Brother Dave.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Dave Mathews : Your one hundred percent right Dave, so we are rich in many other ways. God Bless You Brother.


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Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

In that case, I'm poor and rich Thanks for sharing your beautiful Hub


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear lpeoney : Thank you for visiting Dear Heart. God Bless You.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear jaaotest : Thank you my brother. God Bless You.


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RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

This is a truely wonderful article. In today's world we are all going with less and less, but to realize the riches of blessings is a gift I hope everyone who reads this will recieve!

Wonderful! Voted up and awesome!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear RunAbstract : Thank you for the wonderful visit. You are very sweet. GBY.


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ilead 6 years ago

My Friends , Good man . Also GBY


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Thank You ilead : Appreciate your visit, and God Bless.


Pachuca213 6 years ago

This was comical...but on one note, I believe some may be poor (poverty wise) but they can be rich in love! (I know that sounds corny). Take care.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Thank you Pachuca for your thoughtful words. Wish you pleasant Thanksgiving. GBY.


hubpageswriter 5 years ago

Love this. You are certainly not poor in morality, that I know for sure.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear hubpageswriter : Thank you for writing, and your very smart and sensible . God Bless you and Merry Christmas.


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meshulam 5 years ago

There is a saying in hebrew "who is rich ? - the one who is happy with what he have"

I think it is very true.

Great hub, thanks.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear meshulam. Thank you for writing. GBY.


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Malcolm_Cox 5 years ago from Newcastle, England

Oh no, there's nothing in MY savings account - I'm doomed!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Malcolm Cox : I know that feeling. Thank you for writing. Welcome to hub pages.


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Glemoh101 5 years ago

Thanks star439 for this great hub.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Glemoh : Thank you, and I appreciate your visit. Wishing you all the best in your writing pleasure. God Bless.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

It is the truly poor who know not the riches of their heart! You my friend are rich! Blessiings! :) Katie


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear katiem : Thank you for comming by precious heart. God Bless You and all of your precious family too.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Nice and pretty pictures thanks for sharing it.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear ImChemist : Thank you for visiting and God Bless You.


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Big Brother 5 years ago from Earth

Excellent Hub. My savings??? ZERO, my heart??? FULL of happiness and energy...

Thanks, Alexander the Macedon / Greece


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Big Brother : Thank you for visiting.Always a pleasure to have you. God Bless You.


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Ernestasm 5 years ago from Lithuania

I prefer intellectual wealth rather than financial riches. Very nice article!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Ernestasm. Thank you for visiting, and God Bless You.


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DRG Da Real Grinc 5 years ago from All over the USA

How about you keep eating the same things.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear DRG Aa Real Grinc : Good choice. Thank you for visiting, and God Bless You.


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daffodil2010 5 years ago

nice hub thanks


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear daffodil : Thank you for droping in. God Bless You.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

Great hub, thanks for reminding us what truly makes a person rich and as someone else noted it has nothing to do with money. Cheers to you!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear ladyjane : Thank you very much for visiting precious heart. Glad you liked the hub. God Bless You.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Stars439~~ You have made us richer with the beauty and wit of your words~~ Voted UP & FUNNY~~ thank you...!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear marcoujor : Thank you for visitng,GBY


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

haha! I love it! I think I am poor...


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Christine : Thank You Again Precious For Droping By. God Bless You. I Am Poor Too, And Many Others Are With Us.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

I guess I have to admit a little part of me somewhere wouldn't mind being rich feeling sure I would use it better than the rich, but then maybe that is why satan makes sure people who would do much never get the chance. People like Bill Gates though are good rich people but I still cannot understand with all the rich movie stars etc who do give we still have starving people on the streets.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Jackie Lynnley : It is a shame that people are still starving in some countries. There are a lot of nice people, and churches that help to feed people in America that are in need of food. I always believe in sharing food. All in my life I never could eat a meal if I saw someone that wanted my food. When I was in school I gave all the little girls my snack money that my mother gave me. She never knew I did it. I could not stand to see girls wish for candy, or cold drinks. I gave them everything, Even my lunch I shared with others. All because mom said she use to wish for ice cream. I have no regrets. God Bless You.


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leyzaa 5 years ago

great hub i thought "poor" only in relato to money


stars439 profile image

stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear leyzaa : Thank you for your kind visit. God Bless You.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

My dad was that way about people showing up at mealtime and if there was not enough for them he wouldn't eat. It use to make Mom mad and I can't say I blame her either. There was no one starving that stopped by. They use to call me when they fixed oysters or shrimp, knowing how much I loved both and Dad fixed it sooo good, and I was the only one they called so that is a nice memory. Votes across.

Jackie


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Jackie Lynnley: Your dad was very very special, and so was your mom.

No matter your age, your their baby. You are a very blessed child. God Bless Your Precious Heart.


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi stars, I dont know why but i do find it funny. Well if I have little more than most of your points I would still be poor. But it should be read by teenagers who are always asking their parents for things and blaming them for not able to provide everything and see how other children might be living even without luxries they are getting.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear sweetie : Thank you for writing dear heart. God Bless You.


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winbo 4 years ago

so so beautiful.. I love it


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear winbo : Thank You Precious Heart. God Bless You, And Everyone You Adore.


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winbo 4 years ago

Thank you!!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This is a good way to end the day for me. You are certainly rich in humor. Voting this Up and Funny.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear alocsin : Thank you my friend. Humor brings joy to the heart, and lightens our loads because everyone has hardships. May God Bless You, and everyone you cherish.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I am so glad I came across this one ;wonderful as always my friend.

Eddy.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Eiddwen : Thank you so much for passing threw. Sometimes it is fun to be poor. God Bless you dear heat.


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

This made me laugh out loud! Laughter is so important! Thanks for this hub, voted up and much more:)


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear SommerDalton : Thank you very much for you're visit dear heart. I think most of us can relate to these poverty sticken circumstances many of us have experienced in our lives. God Bless You.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Brilliant stars;I truly loved it and I am sharing onto mine and Sunnie's FB pages.

You are such a natural writer and I am so happy to be able to share with you.

Enjoy your weekend with your lovely family.

Eddy.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Eiddwen : Thank you dear heart for visiting. And wishing you a wonderful weekend too. You are , and imaginative wonderful writer. I hope you publish a hundred books, and acquire everything you, and you're family would love to have. God Bless You.


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

lol, lol, lol, You're tires on your car are balder than you're head.! I needed that laugh!


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear drpastorcarlotta : Thank you so much for you're kind words. Sorry I did not write back sooner. I have been in bed with pain in my right leg, foot, and knee. It is a long story. God Bless You, and we cherish you.


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

Haha very witty. I have known many of those poor moments growing up but I never considered myself poor because of the wealth of love in our family. Excellent hub!!


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear pennyofheaven : Thank you dear heart for you're kind thoughts. You are rich with you're beautiful heart. GBY.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Poverty is a matter of perspective isn't it? It is all in how we view the situation we find ourselves in. Having been homeless I could identify with more than one of the the you are poors...you shared. the ones I identify with most closely is thanking God every day for His goodness and mercy and being surrounded by love that is overflowing. great read Voted up and +++ Sending Angels your way :) ps


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear pstraubie : Thank you for you 're thoughts. You are right. It is all in perspective. Wishing you joy in the hopes, and desires of life. They make life interesting. God Bless You Precious Heart.


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

Sometimes it is hard to define poverty when one is grateful and happy with his/her financial status, even though it may not be wealth. When I was a child, I had a large family--dad, mom, sisters, brothers, and an uncle. The house was not quite spacious enough, so, three girls slept in one full bed. That was not so bad for small girls. Mom cooked large, hearty meals that were more than enough and ensured leftovers. We were raised on a farm and always had vegetables, nuts, fruits, and berries. Grandfather raised lots of chickens, cotton, corn, melons, peanuts, and many other things. Everyone, it seemed, had fruit and nut trees. Having plenty to eat was a way of life for country folk. The men hunted wild game, killed domestic meat animals, cut firewood, farmed, and some worked outside the farm. The ladies and girls, canned foods, milked the cows, dressed and stored meats, washed, cleaned house, took care of the children, and did many other jobs. The farm kept everyone busy almost year round. Children had many shared and individual chores, along with schooling.

I described myself as a poor, country-tired, lonely girl. My dream was to escape that "miserable" life when I was old enough to go away to college. I did that and, afterwards, lived in the city for a space of time. Now, I am in the country again. "What a wonderful world!"

I was poor because we did not have enough money to buy the fancier things of life, the luxuries; but most of our needs were met. We had hardships and other challenges, but we survived and never starved or went without shelter.


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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Levertis : Thank you for you're fine letter. Appears as if you're family had a wealth of love, togetherness, and intelligence, and made the best out of hard times. My family was the same way. We farmed, had good food on our table that came from fine vegetables, but handled very little cash.

Everything I talk about in this hub, I have more, or less experienced , and simply tried to inject humor in it all. In reality I have great respect , for all souls who have experienced hard times, but also in reality I think there may be millionairs who may wish they had as much happiness in their lives as the underprivledged. I try to find humor in all situations. I remember in the sixties when my cousin Joseph had a flat tire in a old pick up truck loaded with furnitiure. His wife was pregnant , and I rode along to help them move into grandpa's old farm house. He drove on a flat tire , for fifty miles. I said a lot of prayers to myself hoping we would reach that old house, and we did. We were poor, but very happy in many ways. God Bless You Dear Heart.

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