I smile at the elderly lady as I exit the convenience store clutching a small carton of sugary, strawberry milk. I think I need the milk to see me through a few hours of teaching.
She smiles broadly back. She’s pushing a recycling cart and collects cardboard and cans and plastics for, I guess, ten hours a day, everyday of the week. She needs the money to feed, clothe and house herself, and an extended family, I suspect.
My small carton of sugary, strawberry milk costs $1.09.
She makes about $2.50.
For the whole day.