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This short diary tries to express my feelings as I stood in line here at Vanderbilt Apartments, a senior living site for those of us with low incomes.

I worked most of my life, but had to go on Social Security early, thus losing 25 percent of what I would have received had I waited until full-retirement age.  Once a month Manna Food Bank in Asheville distributes excess food to us.  This was my first time to stand in line to get mine.  Quite a humbling experience for most of us.

Used to be,
I wasn't one.

I helped the others,
But I wasn't one.

I cooked soup
And chopped veggies,

But I wasn't one.

I gave bags of food
To them, not me!

I was the giver
Not the receiver.

I never thought
The day would come....

When I became one, too!

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