WOMEN'S WORK: A Memoir/ Ron Johnson A man's work is from sun to sun, But a woman's work is never done. WHEN I WAS almost twelve years old, my mother went to work outside our home, a regular day job. Our family had to have the money since my father had been laid off, but I was stUl surprised; for until then she had spent all day, every day, caring for me and my younger brothers. She was a housewife fuU time. only occasion she got out of the house for any period of time was to go Like many women of her generation--she was born in 1924--the to the hospital to give birth. For these occasions--I had three younger brothers--I had been left with my father's parents for a week at a time. That was back in the 1950s, when doctors were wise enough to give women like my mother a few days to be waited on, to catch their breath, before sending them back home. Although now I cannot recall the day she brought home my youngest brother. I was eight years old, see what she had come home with. much about my mother being away,
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1997
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