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We did not have much money when I was young. But my mother was resourceful and creative with the money she had and I never felt marginalized in any way.

My father was a collection man and I would sometimes ride with him as he called on families living in isolation and deep poverty. His job was to collect a small amount of money each week/month from his customers who had bought refrigerators or televisions or stoves on the installment plan. My father offered genuine respect to his customers and they showed the same respect to my father.

I learned a lot on those days with my father about dignity and compassion.

Perhaps you see evidence of that in JUST JUICE.