"That's how you'll get the dolls", said my mom.
When I was a child, my family was too poor to buy us toys. My dad's business was struggling. My mom was juggling our resources to make ends meet. As a kid, I was unaware of this, of course. I just badly wanted those Barbie dolls. I often asked for them every time we passed by the store on the way to school, and my mom would shake her head in silence. She was sorry that she couldn't buy the toys I wanted, but she knew there was little point saying that. Instead, she thought of a difficult challenge to solve the situation.