Grandma also got married at 16 years old, she was running away from the bakery and he was running away from the coal mines. You know something? My mother waited until she was 24 before she got married, and in those days 24 was considered old for a woman. At least, in her town it was considered old.But she saw all her friends getting married to local guys who worked in factories, or garages, and who spent every night at the bar, and who were often careless about their jobs. If they missed a couple days of work, and the boss fired them, heck, they'd just get another job. She wanted something more. She was one of the first people in her town, and the very first in her family, to finish high school. Yes, you read that right. The town had no high school. Education finished at 8th grade. But another family in town had a couple of bright kids, so the father convinced the town that they should pay to send kids to the next town for high school.I think that's why she was attracted to my father. She saw someone who was responsible with his money, who saved, who was willing to do with less, in order to have more later. He had put himself through college, and was studying for his CPA test. (That's the reason they had a long engagement; he wanted to pass the exam, and get a new job based on a higher income before he took on the responsibility of a wife and family).Nancy
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