Sunday, March 14, 2010
Growing up I was the only girl in my family I had a younger brother and my father. He was a long haul, heavy haul truck driver. I can remember he would hire housekeepers to stay and take care of things at the house. That included us kids. Many times while he was gone on the road the person he hired would just leave and we discovered she left with some of our belongings. So I learned to take care of myself and my brother starting at the age of 9. See dad would call to ask how things were going. The first time it happened I told my dad when he called that the housekeeper was gone. I thought he was going to kill himself trying to get back home. I learned a lesson. The second time it happened I didn't tell him until he got back into town.
So by the age of 10 and after a few more disappearing housekeepers, I was taking care of things by myself. I got my brother off to school. I cleaned house, made meals, did laundry, and went to school. There was no time to do the kid things. I have never gone to any dances or proms. I couldn't go to any athletics after school. I had to go straight home. Now a days they would call it child abuse. I knew nothing better. I just knew what I had to do. When my father accepted the fact that I was the one to do the job he made arrangements with the local grocery store to have a tab if we needed something. I walked 2 miles to the store pulling the wagon got what we needed and walked back. When Dad got back into town he paid the store tab. The stores wouldn't do that now a days.
When I got old enough to get married and on my own. I already knew what I had to do. I had my children and got them raised, out the door. Now it is time for ME!!!!
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