Then and Now: Interview
This thanksgiving as I held hands with the different generations of my family and prayed for the appreciation of life I decided to ask my great grandparents about the change of life from generations to generations at the dinner table. My great grandmother Anna who is 78 and my great grandfather Walter who is 82 love talking about things from their time so this was an interesting topic. I decided to write down a list of all the questions I had so that I could understand the difference of the things time has changed.
The first thing I asked my great grandparents about is how necessities were provided. My great grandmother stressed that in her day jobs were VERY easy to get and very plentiful. She said back then finishing 12th grade was considered a good education. With the completion of high school and a good grade on a “civil service test” you could get great government jobs. Some of these jobs included factory work and government work. The government jobs were usually in state building such as the post office or factories, but most people that finished the 12th grade had a factory job in Campbell’s Soup, MLA, a local tobacco factory, or a sewing company. She also stated one of her friends was blessed to get a job in a sewing company, as an employee her friend sewed uniforms for the army, which was a job of great pay. If you didn’t finish 12th grade you would get a domestic job, most colored people who didn’t finish the 12th grade and worked domestically would work as a maid for Caucasians. At this time there was also no financial aid. My great grandparents believe because of all the scholarships, funding, and grants you can receive now there are better opportunities to advance your education.
My great grandparents were also very detailed in all of our topics and got somewhat side tracked reminiscing about the days when their parents were on earth and how different the parents in their time...