Thursday, February 4, 2016

Things my parents did

I've been thinking about my parents this morning.
They're long gone, physically, but they're still in my memory.
How many of you had parents like these?

When dad came home from work - we ate dinner.  6:00.  Every day.
Other kids had to eat dinner at 4:30 or 5:00. All of us had to adjust to our father's work schedule because he came home hungry.

Speaking of hungry, my father would later sit in the living room watching TV and eating what he called 'Moo and Quackers.'  (milk and saltine crackers)

And then he would doze in front of the TV until after the news at a 11 pm. If we would notice and go to turn off the TV --
"Don't turn off that TV," he'd yell. "I'm watching it."
He'd been sitting there, eyes closed, snoring.  Snoring!

And where was mom?  She went to bed at 10 pm so that she could be up at 6 am to make his breakfast.  Dad was up then, too, because he had to drive so far to work. We lived north of the city and his job at Marbon was south of the city.

In those days, a family could be supported by one working parent with the wife usually staying at home raising the children.  Schools had an hour for lunch because the children walked home to have lunch. We felt sorry for those of our friends who had to stay at school and eat a bag lunch there.

Families (at least our family) all ate dinner together and each child had a job to do.  If you set the table, someone else cleared it (or else we all did it together). And if you cooked (actually helped mom cook) someone else had to wash the dishes.

Of course, all of this changed when we children went to college and mom took a job as a middle school science teacher to help pay college bills.  (she eventually became head of the department.)
How did a housewife get this job?
 She had met dad at college - Drexel in Philadelphia. Her major was Home Economics and in the 1930s she had to take tons of science classes for that degree. All she needed to teach science in a school was to take education courses during the summer to complete a teaching degree.

Nowadays, it often takes two working parents to help pay the bills.
What do you remember about your family?

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