And this is why I say it’s a bad idea to rely on your parents for money. If you don’t, you’ll never miss what you never had.

Maybe thinking this way makes me way too proud and self-righteous. To this end, my father once said, “You’d rather slit your own throat than accept help.”
Of course, he’s also the same man who, upon my college graduation, said, “Congratulations! Now, you’re off the payroll!”  so I think he gets to take some responsibility for raising me to be so fiercely independent.