Not everyone who lives in a trailer is trailer trash. Trailer trash is a characteristic, a style of living, not a specific type of house. You could live in a mansion and be considered trailer trash.
I’ve stepped foot into some very nice homes that made me cringe at how filthy they were. Places that required that I take a shower after returning home. But, I’ve also stepped foot into a few trailer homes that were in pristine condition, clean and beautifully decorated.
For half of my childhood, we grew up in trailers. Some were on private pieces of land and others were in trailer parks. Not a single one of them however, was what most people think of when they hear “trailer park”, or what they see on TV and in the movies.
The communities were neatly organized and clean. The residents were friendly and caring, for the most part. There will always be a couple bad apples no matter where you go.
As a kid, I remember many days riding my bike freely through the community, taking walks and spending time getting to know the neighborhood kids. Unlike a long road of neighbors near in proximity but distant in relationships, a trailer park offers real community.
A community of friends, and people who look out for one another. It’s like a small town, tucked into a big city. I’m thankful that as a child I got to experience trailer park living and was given the opportunity to learn that stereotypes are not always accurate.
So next time you think of trailer trash, remember that the name isn’t defined by the trailer. It’s defined by the resident… regardless of their housing type.
This post was for today’s Writing 101 assignment hosted by The Daily Post.
Tell us about the home where you lived when you were twelve. Today’s twist: pay attention to your sentence lengths and use short, medium, and long sentences.