The following was written by my late wife Elaine. She wrote a long book, a diary really, from which this is one passage:
Dave had traded the wrecked ’36 Chevrolet on a nice used 1946 blue-green Desoto, and that’s the car we used for going to Pennsylvania. The second, newer two-tone maroon and gray Desoto was the one we used for our honeymoon.
With these cars, Dave and I enjoyed going for “rides” … just fun rides, sometimes for some “parking.” (But we were very good.)
Early goals for my future were to get married, have two children, and be a stay-at-home mom; my hopes and dreams did not include college. My parents always said that “girls don’t need educations” and that young people who went to college would “lose their God.”
The high school I chose to go to, rather than a neighborhood school, was Commerce High School, downtown, to learn secretarial skills: shorthand (the Gregg system), typing, office machines, bookkeeping, etc. so I could get a good job, and mastering these skills came easily to me.
Dave went to Cass Technical High School where he studied Commercial Art, and it was just half a block from my high school. Many years later, Commerce and Cass were both demolished because they were in the path of a proposed new highway. Because Commerce drew students from all areas of Detroit, and since many of us students worked half a day during our senior year, “school spirit” was missing, and there were no class reunions.
To be continued…
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is a nonagenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
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