At a young age I was working with customers for about four years. You learn a lot by listening to those who had been there and done that.
At Western, I took classes that would be beneficial to me at college, if I had enough money to do so. Teachers at Western were very good at knowing how to bring the very best out of their students, and so I received a scholarship to Indiana University to study law. But as most things were hard to get, I hired on at Continental Steel for the summer and I saved as much as I could.
After some time, I saw I needed more than the scholarship, so I went full time to save enough to get the education I needed. Then a pretty girl came into my life.
I realized there were things that were more important to me, being from a large family. I was used to having someone around me.
After more than a year, we were married. We wanted to start our family on steady ground with a good job and a nice home to live in.
So my life sort of was destined to follow the paths of my parents: work at the mill and one day bring more into our family. Deborah came first, and then Patricia. And then two years later, we were given the chance to raise John, and he lived with us for nine years with his mother.
Life was good, and the family was very close knit. There were times when work was slow and we lived on four-days pay a week, but it was still a good life.
Life over the years was enjoyable. And as time went by, Ramona gave her love out to 26 different children, taking care of them like a mother as their parents worked. God has been good to us. We are richly blessed.
Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.