Thanks for sharing. I can really identify. Growing up low-middle working class in a city then poor when my Dad abandoned the family at a young age. Support and love of family can carry you through a lot and they leave indelible marks on us as adults and parents. Like the writer, I too was "saved" by a scholarship to go to a rich private school in the suburbs and more hrs worked by my overworked Mom. I have more money now that my Mom can ever fathom and it certainly not that impressive by rich standards. It's why I don't obsess over whether the 4% SWR is too liberal or whether I can get by w a $2M number vs a safer $3,4,5,M as my enduring frame of reference is so much more humble...I did get by on A LOT less, and aside from some personal scars, I was happy.