On A Place Called Wall Street
From an 11-year-old tween girl:
“Wall Street and the money problems and stuff. I don’t really technically know what’s happening on Wall Street, my parents (or anyone else for that matter) won’t take the time to tell me, but from what I gather, well, umm actually I don’t gather anything. it’s hard to understand and boring when I read articles about it. But I have figured out that something bad is happening and it has to do with Wall St. and the economy. Something like a mini great depression, kinda like that? (If you could include an explanation, simple and easy for an eleven year old to understand in your comment i would be really appreciative.) So anyway: Is your family getting affected by this scary-and-hard-to-underst and-mysterious-problem-on -a- place-called-Wall-Street? because my family is, big time. We’re struggling to pay the apartment rent. I don’t get allowance anymore, I have to do more chores for free, my parents aren’t getting me ice cream or candy or anything else for me anymore, I’m still wearing the same clothes from last year and the year before (I haven’t grown much), and we have no extra money for toys, games, books, or CDs. We weren’t even able to get all of our school supplies this year. It’s really freaking me out. And waht’s worse, is that I have to stand there and tell my teacher I couldn’t get the notebook or colored pencils, when my friend is behind me bragging to someone else about the new Wii they got (Not kidding, that happened). So I’m wondering, why am I getting affected by this, why is my family struggling when my friend’s still get everything they want? It’s not very fair. =( Anyone else feel this way? I’m trying not to feel bad for myself, after all there are tons of people who are off WAY worse than me, but it’s kinda hard not to feel bad when the only time I can ever read a new book is every week from the school library and the only time I get to listen to the new Demi Lovato CD is at my friend’s house. Jeez. I just don’t know what to do. It’s been really hard on me. First I get almost everything I want and then: BOOM! No more money. Do you guys have any advice? Is your family having a hard time too? Please comment!?”
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Published October 21, 2008.
Last updated May 10, 2010.