Sunday, October 2, 2011
Kevin’s Story, Part 25, The Window
Let’s back up just a couple years, maybe to 1954, continued from Part 4 posted in April. News was in the newspaper and on the radio. Television was becoming more affordable. You could pick up a brand new 19" black and white set for about $150.00. The median household income was about $5,000.00 per year, so not everyone was lining up to buy a new set. However, if you worked for a television shop you got a discount and it wasn’t long before Maggie’s Dad got a new set. He would have just a few months of TV watching before he went to meet his maker. By then Maggie had bigger challenges. She was going to have to share the news that she was in trouble.
Three big brothers, there wives, step Mom, sister, Aunts and Uncle’s. The consensus of opinion, adoption. In 1954 girls did not become pregnant. They went on holiday to some far away place and came back six months later like nothing had happened. (Sidebar; [I got that from the OJ trial], we did not understand the mental damage that giving up a child for adoption would cause in the 1950's. It wasn’t until abortion was legalized and we found out about the life long mental damage it caused that we looked at how hard it was to give up a child for adoption.) You can imagine that I favor anything but abortion. If you are on Facebook, search for the +9 group. I should be the poster child because my Mom could have gone the easy way with an abortion or give me up for adoption. It was much harder on a female then. The right to chose is much easier the day you chose than living with the choice forever. If you find it difficult living with a choice you made, please seek help from your church or pregnancy resource center in your area.
I am thankful that Maggie chose life for me. It would take Maggie another 18 months before she could take me home. She gave everything she had during those 18 months to make a home. Back then you did not get a reward check every month for having a child you could not take care of. Women did not have many options for work that paid enough to support a family. Maggie found a job as a ward clerk at the Governments Dow Air Field hospital. She found a one bedroom apartment in downtown Bangor and got to work by bus. She would break that kid out of foster care and raise him by herself with no help from anybody.
Think back to when you were two years old. Do you have any memories that far back? I have one thing I can remember. I must have been two years old and must have been in trouble. I was required to stay on Mom’s big bed (I guess that was a time out) and take a nap. I was not allowed to get off the bed for any reason. (You may not have the whole picture. It’s Bangor Maine, in the fall, cold breezy day, maybe in the 40's) Mom puts down the laundry basket, bends over grabs the latch on each side of the window, gives it everything a 5 foot 2 inch girl can give and the window finally comes up about 2 feet. She grabs the laundry basket, bends over like a girl jumping hurtles, climbs out the window onto the roof. I don’t ever remember being able to go outside that window and play. I can’t see my Mom from my position on the bed. I slowly and quietly lean over, , , , more, , , , a little bit more, , , , can’t see anything, , , more, , , oops. I jump to my feet and try to get back on the bed but I can’t climb that thing because the bedspread pulls down when I pull up. (I may have been vertically challenged then but I had plenty of weight) The bedspread on the floor and I have no way up on the bed. I’m in trouble but, Mom didn’t yell yet??? Well since I’m down on the floor anyway, I slowly and quietly make my way over to the window. Maybe I could go out and play with Mom. I slowly peek around the window molding and see my Mom hanging up clothes. ON THE ROOF? This looks like a lot of fun so, being the good helper that I am, I throw a leg over the window ledge and the next 60 seconds is probably why I remember the story.
Continued . . . . .