[item] Lot of 4 kitchen thermometers
[purchase info] Purchased new from housewares stores or coffee shops
[time in my possession] Approximately 13 years
[last used] Over 5 years
[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy
[destination] Thrift store
[info] I had a ‘bouquet’ of these in a small vase of coffee beans. This is a true picture of excess, as I can only use one at a time. I kept my 2 favorites, one in use, one in the dishwasher if it’s dirty. Why did I feel the need to have 6 of these??? My senselessness on display here.
My rent payment is $286. My utilities are $190 this month. I don’t own a phone, I don’t have a job and I have a baby to take care of. My name is Iris Isaacson… but only in this temporary make-believe world. This world I’m speaking of is a poverty simulation, a game to teach people what it’s like to live in poverty.
I participated in this event last night. At first, I thought it seemed like a lot of work and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be there. In the middle of it, I was thinking, “…what a chaotic game…”, but also realizing much of it was like real life. At the end of it, I was worn out. I couldn’t pay my bills, the ones I did pay were late, I had to pawn my jewelry, sold my camera, and after all the hardships and paying everything late, I got evicted anyway. Here’s a description of the simulation.
The Poverty Simulation is a simulation experience developed by the Missouri Association for Community Action. During the simulation, participants pretend to be members of a low-income community attempting to survive four 15-minute weeks of poverty. The simulation relies on role playing techniques and extensive props to help participants understand the day to day challenges faced by families living in poverty. Continue reading