When You Are Poor, Playing Ms. Pac-Man Is a Luxury

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“That’ll be $23.54,” the clerk says. I look down at my knock-off Ked shoes. I’m 9 years old. My cheeks flush with embarrassment. I wonder if my mom notices my reaction as she pulls out, not dollar bills, but food stamps. I wonder if she’ll be angry with me for being embarrassed.

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Creativity Fiend. Memoirist-in-progress with the collective awakened and awakening consciousness. Love + Courage = Love Evolution. 16x top writer.

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