Friday, July 28, 2017

52 Questions in 52 Week - Week 5

Week 5: What kind of work did your parents do (farmer, salesman, manager, seamstress,
nurse, stay-at-home mom, professional, laborer, and so on)?

Hmmmm... I think I answered this the past couple weeks, but okay...

Dad was a farmer and hired hand at various farms when my parents were first married. In my lifetime, he farmed fora  couple years and then took a job as a custodian at the public school. Then, he changed jobs and was the City Maintenance Superintendent for our small hometown. He pushed snow, took care of the water towers, sewer treatment plants, and pretty much everything the town needed in relation to streets, water, waste. He also hung the Christmas lights in town, which I think was one of the coolest things I told me friends about his job. I was very proud of what my Dad did for the town. Almost everyone liked him and if they didn't, it was probably because they were just unreasonable.

Mom was a stay-at-home-mom for part of the time. She also sold Tupperware until I was born. She owned her very own cake decorating business and made tons of all-occasion cakes and wedding cakes. That must be where I got my entrepreneurial spirit. When I started 1st grade, Mom took a job at school as a Teacher's Aid in the Special Education department and did that until I was in Middle School, I think. She then switched to the Library Aid and ran the Elementary library.

There was no where in town or school I could go without someone and everyone knowing who's kid I was. There were times I hated that Mom was at school and knew everything I was doing and friends with my teachers. There were also times I was so thankful she was there. She always made sure I knew I was more important than the job, too. I know there was a couple times she could have lost her job for standing up for me at school with teachers, too, but she didn't seem to care. I was her little girl and that was the most important thing to her. My Dad may have plowed a few driveways shut with snow on purpose to prove a point to a couple teachers who were giving me a hard time, too. Ha! Don't mess with their little girl!

I ran across this challenge about a year ago and thought it was a marvelous idea...

The whole idea is to tell your own story by answering one question a week. People that love ancestry love finding diaries, journals, and letters, because they tell about everyday life. Not just the big stuff, but the every day little stuff.

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