Today’s question is:
What is something about your younger years that you absolutely would not change or trade for anything?
I think having the Western Auto Store brought us closer together as a family. Rather than my daddy having to go to work each day, he went to the store.
When I wasn’t in school, I was either mowing grass, working on rent houses, or at the store. Usually, when I was working at one of the rent houses, my father or mother would come by from time to time to check on me. When they did, we would stop and talk about whatever, like things going on in my life or plans they had.
It probably was not so much a part of my brother’s or sister’s lives. My sister did a lot of work at the house. She kept the house clean. She cooked supper and she took care of other things.
We also had the world’s best maid. I say maid because there really is no word to describe what Grace did. She was a part of the family, not just an employee. Once a week, Grace would come and change the sheets. She would do the ironing and cook supper. Man, that woman could cook.
Later, we built a house in our backyard for my grandmother. It was great having my grandmother where I could visit her often. People don’t do that as much anymore, that is, stop by and see their grandparents.
The employees at the store were family and many of the customers were just like family. I actually knew Suzanne’s granny long before I knew Suzanne. The very first time I met Granny, she got on to me.
We had customer families like the Todds and the Boles. There are far too many to mention. Each one was special.