Being Poor is a sobering list of items that people may identify with if they’ve had little money. This one struck me:
Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.
I remember when we had to take our one year old daughter to the Emergency Room, and although the doctors looked at her right away, they didn’t know what was wrong, so they had to stick needles into her, taking blood and other samples, with my daughter crying with pain at something no one knew what to do about. It’s agonizing when you can do little to ease the pain of someone you’d give your life for.
Update (Sep. 12, 2005): Sedition wrote an excellent post about this, commenting on each item in the list. I should’ve thought of doing that.