Family Conformity and Success

In the 1946-1952

By Joe L.

Not Fitting In

Being a teen not able to fit the "social norm" is very tough in the late 1940's and early 50's. I'm not able to dress like the other kids because my parents don't make as much money as most parents, so we can't afford nice clothes for me to wear on a daily basis. I always feel really awkward at school when I'm not dressed like the others, some how it makes me fell less than the other students. Normally in class I'm very quiet, because I don't want to draw attention to myself, and honestly there is not much anyone can do about it. The only way I'll fit in is if my parents can afford to buy me nicer clothes. It really is tough to fit in here at New Trier.