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  • I spent the summer feeling like somewhat of a fraud. I grew up in small town Wyoming, and I am the daughter of a garbage man…I mean really. He owns all of the equipment and has built his own customer base, but the nuts and bolts are that he is the guy tossing the sacks into the compactor. So when I spent the past three months on Cape Cod in my girlfriend’s family home, I asked myself many times “what am I doing here?” For the first several weeks I would be sure to start washing the dinner dishes right after dinner so that I could “do my part” to help earn the meal. I soon realized my girlfriend’s mother likes doing the dishes and I was depriving her of an enjoyable ritual. I also realized my actions were keeping me from sitting down after dinner and enjoying the company of the family, but the truth is that I feel like my language and interpretations will give me away and they will know that I come from the poorest of the poor. Her family is very down to earth, but I am sometimes astonished at what they consider their financial woes. Their house in DC is worth well over a million dollars, and I ruled the streets of many the trailer court in my youth.
    Fortunately for me though, I am smart and I have worked my way through undergraduate and graduate school, and I have a promising future. I also know that I can survive, cheerfully, under many adverse circumstances.
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