My mother lost her job during the massive recession of the early 80s. A single mom, with two hungry teenage boys to raise, she did what she needed to do keep our family afloat: she started a business. Mortgage rates had spiked during those years, and many people were losing their homes. Despite this enormous challenge, my mom kept us in our home and kept us fed. My brother and I both got jobs to help out, but I don't remember even a single whiff of anxiety, financial insecurity or scarcity. And it wasn't because my mother didn't face epic financial challenges. She had to invent new ways of managing her debt like using cash advances from one credit card to pay the minimum payment from another. But she managed to shield her boys from all the stress of the crisis. And she did it alone. We grew up stronger as a result and more capable of heading into an uncertain world on our own.