[#3rddyBabyDecoded entry #1]
"We're part of a different school of fish..." - @3rddyBaby
Looking at the hardwood floors, this looks like the Bronx,Nyc, right after my younger-oldest brother was born (pictured here on my sister's lap). Soon after, we flew back to the island (D.R.) where all our lives would soon shift unexpectedly. We'll get back to that later. I'm just warming ya'll up.
We moved back to NYC after a month in a shelter in Texas.The 5 of us had to take over my cousin's bedroom in my uncle's apartment.My dad worked at a bread factory making minimum wage.We later moved to Boston bouncing around shelters for a little bit.I remember having 2 tiny cots in a small room.It had a mini fridge with a pack of saltine crackers & a bottle of ketchup.My mom & the baby slept in one cot.Me & my sis in the other.My dad slept on the floor.We only ate when the shelter served meals.Otherwise,if we got hungry,we made saltine cracker ketchup sandwiches.When we finally made it out the shelter life,my father STILL refused to take goverment assistance.Ever.So we lived poorer than the poor kids I like to say.While the poor kids had all the goverment aid you could think of,we...did not.Tho poor,the crazy thing was,it was the poor kids just a little less poor than us who poked the most fun.My sister & I used to get angry at our father for not taking this new thing to us they called "food stamps" & "welfare".It felt like he was trying to make us suffer.We wore flea market cloths & donations.Cable tv was foreign.Seeing multiple boxes of the "good cereal" on top other ppl's fridge we'd think boy, they must be well off!When my momma discovered Canal St. we thought it was a game changer. Brand name cloths for a few bucks?!?! We was in there. Then came the Biggie moments.To this day everytime I hear that part in his song Sky's The Limit I think back & laugh inside.That really happened to me lol. "Blaow!"
My father's D.R. degree wasnt valid in the states so he worked his way up.It was crazy when he finally bought his first home in East Somerville.Coming from Saltine cracker ketchup sandwhichs & him sleeping on a cold floor,broke but not broken... .