I had never been out in the working world in my life so here at 48 (in 1967) I am a widow and must work. I enjoyed my work as a nurse aide. I took several short courses at Junior College.
One Christmas after working only two mornings at Majestic Towers I was handed an envelope with my Christmas Bonus. After counting over $200 I took it back and told the director she made a mistake and gave me all the help’s bonuses. She laughed and said, “it’s all yours Eleanor, go take a cruise and have a good time.” How naive can one be at 50 years old?
For never being out in the world I was quite brave, I did go to Michigan and went on many job interviews, even into the wealthy areas, but did feel out-of-place being called a Nanny, so went to work for the Pratt family, a red-headed girl 8, boy 10, and their Dad.
While in Michigan I got my High School Diploma and entered Junior College. Bobby saw my curriculum and thought I should take something easier. I was going to cancel the next day but thought, I have nothing to lose even if I fail the courses. I made B’s and C’s.
Boy did I have to study though. I didn’t do so well in learning Bridge or driving a car. Maybe one isn’t supposed to learn everything after 50 or 60.