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I love being poor in New Zealand!

February 15th, 2007 at 11:22 pm

Tonight some friends had a potluck. All of us are on disability or work parttime. We had:
bread
shaved ham
salad
strawberries
chocolate cake
lemonade
coffee

sounds like a feast to me! We were talking about the old days (most of us 40-55) and recalling how our parents used to grow veggies, hunt and fish, bake goods, and make our own clothes. I have to say, I think a lot of the poverty we hear about in this country is because people have lost those skills.

I once met a Russian who had jumped ship in a NZ port. He only had a knife, but he made his way inland, and spent several months living off the land, before he got legal status and wound up being quite a successful landlord. He always said this was a wonderful land of opportunity and he didn't see what people had to complain about. Even without money, life here is so much better than in other parts of the world.

1 Responses to “I love being poor in New Zealand!”

  1. living_in_oz Says:

    Yes. The same can be said about many countries around the worldSmile I completely agree with your opinion about poverty being the result of lost skills. I personally know of a woman on welfare who is constantly complaining because she doesn't have enough money. I've "softly" mentioned that if she would start using cloth diapers instead of disposables she would save a ton of money. She acted as if I've grown two heads or something. I didn't even bother mentioning the fact that she could save lots of money by buying clothes and toys at yard sales instead of Wal-Mart or drying her clothes on a clothesline instead of using a dryer.

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