September 19, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 42): Your First Job

This is Week 42 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Journal. Your memories are your legacy to your children and grandchildren. Don't let them be lost over time. Share them either here with us as a comment on this blog, on your own blog, or privately in a journal. Remember it's okay to write about YOUR history, YOUR memories - your descendants will love reading those stories one day.

I started working when I was 13 years old. I had just entered Grade 9 and my mother thought it would be good for me to come out of my shell by having a job. So she arranged for me to work at our local library every day after school, 2 evenings a week and all day Saturday.

Sounds great but it cut into my school life and social life dramatically. Back in those days we had so much homework we could hardly get it all done. So working so many hours was tough. And I had to drop out of after school activities which I really missed.

The good part was that I loved my job! By the time I was 16 I was put in charge of the children's library for the whole summer every Saturday so the librarian could have a day off. I absolutely loved it and when I left High School my boss (chief librarian) encouraged me to go into Library Sciences. But I wasn't keen on that so never did do it.

Anyway that was my first job - what was yours?


JL said...

I got up at 4:30 in the morning to muck out horse stalls and clean tack. Age 14. I don't get up in the morning for anybody.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lorine,

Can I ask a newbie question?

How do you store these shared memories?
All of my parents, grandparents (adoptive and biological) and their siblings are still alive, so I've taken to sending out emails asking about the topic you provide each week. Everyone replies with their individual answers and I write back asking some questions to specify or clarify points and then I just seem to leave the responses in my email archives.
These people are still alive so I'm wary of uploading the memories onto my family tree even if it is set to private.
I'm considering perhaps buying Family Tree Maker and including the responses as an event 'Occupation' (edited into a coherent paragraph or two) in FTM which I can share as required.

I just feel a little bad getting all this info in and leaving it in my email archives.
What does everyone do with their shared memories?