The Poor Life
Mats, Age 10, Warsaw, Poland

Rain ripples by while you're inside your cardboard box. You don't have anybody to be with on holidays, because your own family threw you out. You haven't showered for months. Days seem to go by slowly when you have nothing to do. It isn't easy living poor. The cardboard box is drowned of all the rainwater, it's nearly collapsing in on you. People walk by ignoring you while you're begging them for a fifth of a dollar. What can only keep your hopes going is your imagination, imagining that your box is a nice cottage, your newspaper to sleep under is a nice comfy bed. As I said, living poor isn't easy.

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