Consider yourself rich if you have an ‘above-ground pool’ and ‘one dad’

by Grace

Often we think wealth means mansions and luxury vacations.  But sometimes being rich can be defined in terms of having an “above-ground pool” and “one dad”.

The Middle is a sitcom that has popped up a few times in my Internet surfing.  The show is about the Hecks, a middle-class family of five with everyday problems that many viewers can relate to.  The dad is a manager at the local quarry, the mom is a dental hygienist, and the kids are average in many ways.  They are not rich by any stretch of the imagination.


A recent episode featured the neighborhood bullies–the three Glossner boys from a household with an absent father.  One day while the Heck kids were home alone the Glossner boys showed up, creating havoc in their house and refusing to leave.  Sue Heck, the middle child, attempted to get them out of their house.

Trying a new tactic to get the Glossners out of their house, Sue simply asked them to leave. And they did. Derrick explained that he listened because he kind of liked her. “It doesn’t matter,” he said. “I mean, look at ya. You’re a rich girl — with your above-ground pool, your two kinds of chips, and your one dad? Forget it. You’re way out of my league.”

Sue was stunned to learn the Glossner boys considered her a “rich girl”, gaining a fresh perspective on a different kind of wealth.

I really should make time to watch this show.  Apparently it’s on Netflix, so I could spend an hour or two checking out the Hecks.  Brooke Shields plays the Glossner mom, complete with a mullet hairstyle and tattoos.


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