That is a nice story bengalbear and it is a testament to your character that you did not feel comfortable while on welfare. Being handed money gets us unearned happiness. It does not last long. Read some stories about big lottery winners. Most of them are quite unhappy after the initial 6-9 months after winning. Here's some food for thought: To avoid going on welfare, and being a burden to society do three things:
1. Graduate from high school.
3. Get married before you have children.