A Clever Solution
So we’ve talked about people who couldn’t afford to bring their own pencils to school. But what if you’re that kid who couldn’t afford much but who always managed to at least come prepared? Then you’re put into a really awkward position if anyone asks to borrow a pencil, because you can’t really afford to lose your pencil if the person doesn’t return it.
This girl came up with a very clever solution: if you very carefully make sure you always have exactly one pencil with you, then you’re always prepared for your own work, but if someone asks to borrow from you, you can honestly say that you don’t have anything to give them.