I grew up poor by American standards. I had to take out school loans for college and am still paying them off. My husband grew up poor too. But, we’ve lived and worked among the middle class for a long time. I guess we’ve subconsciously learned middle class norms. Several times I’ve been told that I have a knack for getting along with the less fortunate, those who are down and out. I never thought of that much, but it’s probably because I was and in some sense still am one of them.