“It feels like a needle is poking into my breast all the time.”
“Then why do you wear it?” asked her mother.
“Well, what else am I supposed to wear? I don’t have the money to buy new bras. I barely have the money to send my kids to school with packed lunches some days…”
Her mother gave her an odd look. “I sent you to school without lunches occasionally. What the big deal?”
How could she say that? “The big deal is that a) this isn’t occasionally, it’s once a week. And b) I felt horrible the days when you did that! I couldn’t concentrate in class, kids made fun of me, and teacher’s looked down on me!”
Her mother looked flabbergasted. “So now the truth comes out. You think I’m a failure. You’re trying to fix your mistakes. But the only thing you’re doing is denying your children an education, as well as going hungry.”
She stared at her. Was she right?