|A Woman's Work|
A Woman's Work
May. 22nd, 2005 @ 03:00 pm
Tell about your mother's job, and your grandmother's job. How did you feel about your parents' work?
My grandmother never worked outside the home. Of course we all know that a woman's job inside the home is a 24-hour a day thing, with cooking, cleaning, attending to husband and kids...it's harder than an outside job many times. My mom never worked outside the home when she was raising us either. But she did work in a record store in the 50's and met Frankie Vallie there when he purchased a record album. She didn't know it was him till someone pointed it out to her. lol Some interest in music she had! Later after my dad started his plumbing business and we kids were all grown, she helped him in the office sometimes. But she doesn't do that anymore either. Now she's a gardener, a cook, a shopper, and a bunch of other things at home. :-D
My mother never worked outside our home after she had us children, which was the norm in those days. She did volunteer at the grade school, was Girl Scout leader, and was involved with some church-related groups that usually involved working at different activities. Rather like Mrs. Cleaver, I suppose.
The one grandmother that I remember, however, did work. She was an engraver at a company that made those name plaques that slide into the holders that you see in offices and businesses, and 'Next Teller Please' ones, and many others. As children, we thought that was a very cool job for her to have because she brought home the 'mistakes' for us to play with, and they were far better than any store-boughten toy. We also loved that she had to take the train to work, and then walk home from the train past a bakery from which she brought us the ultimate goodies for our weekly all-day Saturday visits.
:-) That's a cool toy. :-D My dad used to cut out these horses for me out of aluminum siding. They were pointy and I had to be careful, but they were really fun to play with. I played with them longer than the store bought toys.
Isn't it funny what appeals to kids as playthings? Grandma also brought home the cardboard 'reels' that masking tape and packing tape came on, and those went well with the other rejects as toys. We were very easy to please, apparently. :)
mom did many things in this country But the main thing she did was work in packings houses. =0(
grandma-was a housewife.
My mom never worked outside the home either. She did sell Avon though, which I liked for the free make-up, but hated because of all the time I had to spend helping to bag and deliver books and orders.
My maternal Grandma was also a stay at home mom, but she liked to talk about how she was a "working girl" when she met Grandpa. She sold him an expensive pen at a fancy department store.
My paternal Grandmother worked as a school lunch lady. It was generally a point of some resentment because I think she wanted to be home, but had to work to support the family while my Grandpa chased after a never-ending stream of get rich quick schemes.
My mother worked in a bank until she met my father there when she was about 2? years old...she and my father both grew up in the Great Depression so both went through very hard times and came from very poor families...Both my mother and father appeared to be highly educated both by the way they spoke and their knowledge of many things but truth be told both were "self-made people"...Mom had to leave school after Grade 10 and attended a business school in Saskatoon SK before working in the bank and Dad had to leave school after Grade 8 as did all of his 7 siblings because there just wasn't enough $ to go around (at first Dad worked on farms with threshing crews and at any other job he could get). After Dad first secured work with the bank when her was very young (about 17, I think) he always sent $ home to his Mother...it was an entirely foreign world to me and I'm glad that Dad's letters home to his mother were saved and also letters from Dad to others, particularly Mom when they were dating.
After marriage, my Dad stayed with the bank and at the end of his career he'd been a small branch manager for many years which meant that we moved around a lot!
I always felt that my Dad held quite an important position in the community because of other people's reactions when they asked what Dad did! Almost everyone at that time equated being a bank manager with owning all the $ in the bank! LOL...so strange, I know but true! LOL...however, I knew that we weren't in any way wealthy and basically lived from pay cheque to pay cheque...
My grandmothers and my mother after marriage were all workers within the home. Mom was a perfectionist and I think it held her back because I know she had talents she didn't explore for fear of failing. The apple sure doesn't fall far from the tree! :)
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