I’m a kid of a single mom that works very hard to make a living and support her family’s needs. We live in a rich neighborhood. The other kids at my school are richer than us and they have a lot of things we don’t. They can get a lot of stuff that they want. Sometimes I get jealous.
A boy in my class called me spoiled even though he is very rich and has a lot of stuff and has one of the biggest houses. I think he said that because he was jealous that I have a cell phone and an IPOD.
I think he thinks I just got them like that. I earned them with my own money. I saved up for them. I had to do things like take out the trash, go down to the dark basement to do the laundry, bring up bags, and bring out my neighbor’s trash. I worked for them. They weren’t just given to me.
Ayla Costello is a pseudonym for an 11-year-old middle-school student.