life can be a bowl of cherries, or a bottle of vinegar

originally posted May 27, 2017

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Way back, when I was dirt poor and living in a broken car under a bridge I made things to sell to earn the money for food.  The kids had this nasty habit of wanting to eat three times a day and it was my job to provide them with something. I still am amazed that I managed to keep them healthy for a couple of years while we lived in such unimaginable poverty.

One way I used to earn money was to collect pop bottles, clean them really well at a local gas station bathroom, fill them with vinegar and add herbs I picked on the sides of the road and in the woods. I sealed them with wax from candle stubs I found in trash cans or corks from behind a bar.  I would sell them to people on street corners in the little towns nearby for a dollar or two.  During the summer I actually made enough money from the sale of these infusions that I was able to stay in a fleabag motel for a week.

That motel had an address that I used to fill out a job application. And I was on my way to working myself out of the hole I had been living in for over two years.

A friend gave me some infused vinegars a couple of years ago and I was transported back in time to those years under the bridge.  While living those years I used to wish for someone to save us…now I am simply grateful I lived through them. Extreme poverty changes a person’s attitudes about life and living. It makes you see the important things as things to truly fight for. Heat or cooling, food and shelter. Everything else is just stuff.

11 thoughts on “life can be a bowl of cherries, or a bottle of vinegar

  1. You are such a strong, brave woman. Hard to believe you pulled yourself out of such poverty and hardship, but if you can do it, so can others. They just have to stop being lazy and try hard like you did. They have to want it. No one helped you, you did it on your own because you had to. Did you go rob people to feed your babies? No, you thought of another solution. People these days just look for the easy way out. I commend you for taking the high road and doing what you had to to survive.

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    1. I did once steal two jars of baby food. I left money on the counter of that store for six weeks though to “pay” for it. I know the owner knew I had taken those jars but he never said a word. He also left pop bottles in the back alley.

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  2. What an amazing story, our experiences make us who we are today. I never realised that you had suffered so much hardship and survived without being bitter or blaming. George like my John was the man to show you true acceptance, love and understanding.

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  3. This is inspiring!

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  4. The human spirit is awesome. You rock!

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this post. Such times in one’s life are always inspiring. I wish you all the happiness in this life and the next.

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    1. thank you, Seif. I have been blessed with a good husband, loving children, and friends that I can count on. Like those who have come before me, in order to see the good we are blessed with here during our lives i had to first see the very bad. How else was I to know that good is good?

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  6. Thanks for sharing your journey… you can be proud of yourself for all that you have accomplished and overcome… 🙂

    “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”… Marilyn Monroe

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  7. This is one of your most memorable, Suze.

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  8. I’m so happy that you and your children survived that time, Suze! You are a ray of sunshine on this old internet!

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