This winter in North Dakota I have been staying inside and watching a lot of YouTube videos for entertainment. Some of my favorite YouTubers are Hammerhand, Terrence Popp, and occasionally Prepper Princess.
Hammerhand tells a few stories from his childhood, but mostly he talks about his current situation battling his ex-wife over child support and child custody. Terrence Popp tells stories from throughout his life, including his childhood, military career, and divorce from his ex-wife. Prepper Princess usually ends up talking about her mother, how she was raised, and how she inherited her home which she is now selling for $720K.
I have heard Hammerhand talk about how his mother was single, and how he and his brother grew up poor. I have heard Terrence Popp talk about how his mother was single, and how he and his sister grew up poor. And today, Prepper Princess was going on and on about how poor she was growing up with a single mom.
I really had enough of hearing how poor Prepper Princess was growing up, and the context of it, her mother was single and she didn’t make enough money to provide food, clothing, heat, or any recreational activities for her family.
A little from Hammerhand, a little from Terrence Popp, and a lot from Prepper Princess, I get the impression that they feel that they are worthy of some sympathy for how they grew up. A little from Hammerhand, a little from Terrence Popp, and a lot from Prepper Princess, it’s like they feel that everyone else is responsible for how they grew up, and that their mother is blameless.
A person who was my best friend for about twenty years, Doug, his mother left his father when he was about five years old, and his little brother was three years old. I listened to Doug re-tell about the landlord coming to collect the rent and they didn’t have it, having nothing to eat but eggs sometimes, not being able to play sports in school because his mother wouldn’t pay for it, and his grandfather coming to live with them in order to help out.
My friend Doug, he had anger and resentment towards his classmates in school, towards other kids in the neighborhood, towards his relatives, anyone who had both a mom and a dad, and a normal life with birthday parties, presents for Christmas, family cook outs, and family vacations. These other people had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Doug’s mother left her husband, and that she didn’t make enough money to provide hardly anything for Doug and his brother.
In response to Prepper Princess’s YouTube video today, most of the commentors were talking about how poor they were growing up, how they had a single mom, and how they had seven or nine brothers and sisters. I had enough, I got sick of hearing it, I couldn’t believe it. Why the fuck did your stupid bitch mother have seven to nine children and she couldn’t support them? Why the fuck is this everyone else’s fault that you grew up poor and not your mother’s fault?
Prepper Princess and her commentors talking about having only one tomato and one onion in the refrigerator to eat, only having one meal per day that they got in school as free lunch, getting spoiled food from the food bank, being cold and not being able to turn on the heat, the fact that you were miserable and had a fucked up childhood is not heroic, commendable, or admirable, and it was not other people’s fault, it was solely your mother’s fault.