By Connie Schultz Sunday, May 01 2011 @ 08:58 AM EDT
Sixty-year-old Sandy grew up in poverty. When she started talking about her childhood in Cleveland, her voice shifted into present tense.
"I'm the third of four girls, and we're all wearing donated clothes," she said over coffee last week. "We never know where the clothes are coming from. By the time they get to me, they're in rags.
"Every piece of clothing has somebody else's name in it, because the schools make you do that, you know, label all of your stuff. So I have to write my name under theirs."