E is for Earning Money

Sara expanded her business and hired a cute assistant, her sister Hallie.

Babysitting was my first gig. I earned fifty cents an hour to watch the kids down the block while their parents went to a movie or out to a neighborhood fondue party (those existed). I usually watched preschool and young elementary age kids. There were no diapers to change or bottles to warm. I liked the job if there was ice cream in the freezer and if the kids behaved to play board games.

My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling. 

Pray for peace. 

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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

6 thoughts

  1. Hi, Antoinette – I babysat for .50 an hour as well. But as I recall, I also had to change diapers, warm bottles, fold clothes, dust and start dinner (I was in 8th grade). I like the sounds of your babysitting gig much better. Great memory prompt!

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    1. I was 12 ish and the families were a few houses down the block. I am so glad you are like the prompts.

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