What does the word luxury mean to you? For some, it means lobster dinners and five-star hotels, but for many, it could be the difference between having your own bedroom growing up vs. sharing with your siblings. A thread was started on Reddit titled, “For those who grew up poor, what did you consider a luxury?”
Depending on how you grew up, some of these answers may be completely relatable. Many are a little shocking and sad. We think most of the things listed on this list should never be considered “luxury” for any kid. Have a look at some of the answers that stood out most.
So, For those who grew up poor, what did you consider a luxury?
1. Clean Carpets. When staying at the home of someone who had money. “Like a relative or friend. Their house was also so clean, beautiful, pictures on the wall, knick-knacks on the counter, and carpet you could play on because it was clean.”
2. Soda. Imagine sharing a tiny bottle of cooldrink with seven siblings? “My Mom had 7 children in 10 years, 1950-1960. I remember having a whole bottle (those smallish glass ones that came out of the machine for 10cents) of soft drink to myself instead of sharing 1 bottle between all 7 of us. At the time I was perhaps 5 years old. I still remember this as the best thing ever.”
3. Hot Shower. The luxury of a hot bath or shower. “Cold showers were always available, but when you scraped enough cash to get some diesel fuel and get the burner to kick on long enough to have a hot shower man, absolutely nothing better.”
4. Help with Homework. For this user, their reply was simply to have help with homework. “Parents can’t do that if they always work 3rd shift. My projects were always notably [worse] than everyone else’s and it’s not like the teachers cared about how much effort I put into them.”
5. A Comfortable bed. I think many of us had the worst beds growing up. No wonder we all have back problems today. “Slept on an old futon for about 10 years as a kid. I could feel the metal bars through the mattress. My sister had a double-sized bed, however. I only got to sleep in a double-sized bed once I moved out of my parent’s place.”