While on the boat, the two managed to fall in love despite their first class-steerage status.
But what would’ve happened if both of them survived and lived a life together on dry land? Would their love have kept their relationship afloat?
He got into fights because that was the only way he was taught to resolve conflict.
Early in their relationship, they also argued about Libby’s work ethic.
I grew up learning learning how to sell drugs, fight, work on bikes, make moonshine … Until I was 12, I thought my stepmother’s name was ‘Squeak,’ her biker name.” Libby had an upper-middle class upbringing and the accoutrements of such a life: she attended private schools, had birthday parties with lots of presents, went on family vacations, and had loving, supportive parents.
“To them, having a half-full fridge was getting low on food.” That was where their early relationship speed bumps came from.
“Growing up, I was taught that if you had a job, of course it sucked, so get over it,” Ryan shares.
Sarah—who describes her childhood as “food stamps poor,” says growing up, every Sunday, her grandma would haul her off to church.I really liked that.” He figured out early on—“like, day two”—that they were polar opposites, financially.“She was asking me what I had planned so we could arrange for a date, and she asked if I had to work a job.” At that point, Ryan had two jobs—a full-time one where he worked 40 hours during the week, and a part-time job during weekends.To Ryan, paying bills on time and having food on the table meant stability.But whenever a job was making Libby unhappy, her parents would tell her to quit because she didn’t need it anyway.We chatted with four couples on their experiences and shared the lessons they’ve learned from growing up with—or without—money, and how that affected their relationships with their loved ones.Ryan, Reddit user morepantsroom, is a bank teller from Kansas City. Both in their late 20s, the couple met at Emporia State University through mutual friends, and started dating.Or would the differences in their upbringing and bank account sizes have tipped their relationship over?These are some of the questions that sparked this thread on Reddit about couples who grew up in different socioeconomic classes.If you’re interested in somebody and you like them, just talk to them. If it’s confusing to you, learn about it, and learn from them.” Other than that?“She knows how to field dress a deer and change her oil on her car.