A Girl's Gotta Do What a Girl's Gotta Do
My mother, Nadine Baker, is a true child of the Great Depression. She was in the third grade when the stock market crashed and her father saw his business fail and lost everything. Forced to return to the bosom of family in rural Indiana, they found a very different life.
Electricity had revolutionized life for urban America but rural America would not see such progress for decades to come. Sanitary sewers, a public water supply, and indoor plumbing were unknown in rural America. So, just imagine moving, as a third grader, from a modern home in a modern city to a house with hand pumped water, a kerosene stove, kerosene lamps and, an out-house!
Hollyhock wisdom, while based on her childhood and early adulthood, is a fictionalized version of her life in those hard times. It represents her, and my, best attempt to illustrate that life. It amazes me how the attitudes presented by people of those times seem to persist in America to this day.