Growing Up in Lineups

Irena Rodziewicz

Summary:

I was born and grew up in communist Poland. In 1980, my country faced a deep economic crisis. The stores became virtually empty, and we had to stay in long lineups for everything. I was a sixth-grade student who had an unusual hobby: waiting hours in long lineups at the butcher’s shop. I loved it because I had a chance to show off my Relaks winter boots that I was very proud to own. Besides, while standing in line, I heard stories that exceeded the expectations of any teenage girl at that time.

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