This is how her life has always been: she earns and saves and a landlord tells her the family has to move, or an undertaker says the funeral package they purchased doesn’t include the cemetery plot, and all of her savings disappear.
What Children’s Literature Teaches Us About Money: Betty Smith’s ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’
Nicole Dieker
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This resonated with me because it’s something I experience a lot — not so much the being swindled by the undertaker part, but the part about saving and saving only to see your savings swept away by unforeseen expenses like healthcare costs (despite health insurance), taxes you didn’t plan properly for, car problems. After one such incident, my mom told me something like, “You never get completely ahead of it. No matter how much you save, there’s always something that’s going to come up. Get used to seeing it come and go.”

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