This made me laugh... When I was young, my Mom took me with her to visit the elderly home bound members of our church. One was a retired English teacher. She would correct the the letters her grandchildren wrote to her in red and send them back. Honestly, they looked as if they were bleeding.
Another person we visited was a retired Science teacher, he would find small dead animals, clean the bones and mail them to his grandchildren. They had to guess the animal or the name of the bone.
I was thankful my Grandparents farmed and ran the Cotton gin. Although, I guess they could have sent me some interesting packages.
I admit I'm terrible with spelling and grammar. EMC I should have had you as a Mom. My parents tried, I was too busy exploring and investigating.
My Dad was an Attorney in the South, and he was always bringing home bushels of vegetables. He had a client that sold shoes, so we always had new shoes. One that was a jeweler, my Mom benefited from that one. A liquor store owner. Whom, I'm sure my Dad visited to calm his nerves while raising me .
I would go to his office on Saturday's to 'help'. I sharpened pencils, filed and other chores. When I was finished with my chores I explored.
He had a long hallway and I would set a rolling chair in the middle, run, jump in the seat and roll all the way down the hall. He had sugar cubes for coffee, and I would melt them in the water fountain. I fed the Pigeons that roosted outside on a window ledge my lunch. Rode the elevator up and down.... or if it was busy, ran up and down the stairs and tried to beat the people riding the elevator. Talked to whoever would listen.
My favorite part was going to the different Courthouses for research and work on Title searches. I loved the way the books smelled and how cold the pages were.
He was sometimes summoned to the jail and that was scary to me. I had to wait in the car and I could see the prisoners in stripped suits behind the barred windows. According to my Dad, all they got to eat was one piece of stale bread and a small cup of water. "So you be a good girl, it would break your mother's heart if I ever had to come down here and get you out of jail."
He wanted me to follow in his footsteps and become an Attorney, sorry Dad, I like to be outside too much to be confined indoors.
He did make sure that I knew how to change a flat, know what to check under the car hood, fix small repairs around the house, hammer, nail, and use a Skill saw. Thanks Dad.