21. That sometimes your parents sacrifice everything they have, including their sanity just to see you happy. And you only learn later in life the soul-crushing existence of poverty. Then you wonder how they managed to do so much with so little.
22. Most gas station attendants will not stop a small child from stealing toilet paper from their bathrooms.
23. How good a buttered tortilla is.
24. The feeling of not eating for a day or some times days.
25. If you send a bad check to the utility company on a Friday you have power for the weekend.
26. Outdated technology.
When I started college, one of my professors asked if anyone in our class remembered how you changed a channel on the TV before remote controls. I was the only person in the room who remembered turning dials and adjusting rabbit ears despite being one of the youngest students in the class because my family had a TV from the 70s until 1995.
Same sort of thing with computers, phones, etc. If we had it at all, we got something much later than anyone else (after it got cheaper) and bought used. I got my first computer in 1999. It had Windows 3.1 and that was what I used until I was able to use my financial aid to get a new PC tower for college.
27. You don’t want to repeat a grade level not because it’s embarrassing or mommy will scold you, but because that’s one less year before you can graduate, work and ease the family’s financial burden.
28. You can live on “strawberry powder nesquic” and water for three days.
29. My mom could somehow cook two chickens on a Sunday and feed six people all week. Towards the end, it was more just corn chowder cooked in chicken stock, but it was dinner.
Also, we kept a garden; you didn’t work the garden, you didn’t eat. Sit down on a summer evening? Better have a bowl in your lap and be shelling, stringing, or shucking something. Feed the hulls to the neighbor’s pig because she’ll save a ham for us.
30. Maruchan Ramen tastes better than Nissin Ramen.