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2 Mary Kay Perkins

My folks were married in April of 1929. The crash was in November, and I was born in January. When my mother was much older and in the nursing home, I remember her saying, “And Mary, we just weren’t ready.” I was so hurt at the time, and yet I think now, for what are you less prepared than parenthood—even in the best of times? But then to have the whole economic system fall to pieces right when you were just beginning and when you had just about nothing to start with!

As the 1930s went on, my dad had a choice of working three weeks and taking a week off or working the four weeks but still getting only paid for three. He chose to work the four weeks because he wouldn’t have known what to do with a whole week free. He stayed with that company almost all his life. He was an accountant, became an account executive and then he became the manager. At first he was in the downtown Chicago office, then in the Oak Park office, and then, in the late 1960s he was transferred to Florida.

Starting a new life in the sixties

They had been down there for several years when he got a phone call saying,

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